Today Tony Blair has made a number of admissions as part of his series of “Lets talk” events. These meetings are designed to give the impression of Labour connecting with real people; with hand picked audiences and carefully stage-managed they are good for the cameras and little else.
There is a long tradition of fake listening events, remember the “Big Conversation”? Remember the quote after the 2005 General Election, “We have listened and we have learned”?
The only thing that sticks out about these events is that Tony is holding his hands up to the failures of his administration. He has admitted that he has failed in the single most important role of government, keeping its people safe. He has also admitted to failing the most needy in society, and he is watching over the biggest collapse in the NHS since its birth in the 1940s.
We have been saying this for ages, yet a few days ago he was saying that we were wrong about these failures. Was he lying then?
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