There is rich irony in the Blairite assertion, whispered with relish in Manchester this week, that Gordon Brown cannot win a fourth term for Labour. The plain fact is that without the chancellor Labour would already be in opposition. Venting their bitterness over the events of the past month Blairâ€™s supporters accuse Brown of ingratitude and disloyalty.
Who is Tony Blair? This may seem an odd question to ask about someone who has been a United Kingdom prime minister for eight years, but it remains the crucial dividing line of British politics as it enters the election campaign. To his critics on the left, Blair is a market fundamentalist with a coherent agenda to privatise as much as possible.