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Bludgeoning parliament into voting for a bad “deal” under the threat of no deal is no way to govern a country faced with the most momentous decision of our time.
“This is a moment when every MP is a leader,” says the former prime minister. “It means voting according to conviction and not according to the whip.”
It is absurd to say that it is undemocratic to demand that the people be free to have a say on what the final deal is.
If Labour continues to favour leaving the single market, then we are essentially for the same policy as the government.
In March 1993, the then shadow home secretary, Tony Blair, wrote the following article for the New Statesman. His argument that "we should be tough on crime and tough on the underlying causes of crime," became an iconic slogan for New Labour.
"The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world."
The centre has not shifted to the left, says Tony Blair. Labour must resist the easy option of tying itself to those forces whose anti-Tory shouts are loudest.