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Heroes or Villains? by Jon Davis, John Rentoul

Heroes or Villains?

The Blair Government Reconsidered

Jon Davis, John Rentoul

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 9 May 2019
ISBN: 9780199608850

A unique new account of New Labour in power-drawing on a mass of previously unpublished contributions from most of the main players in the Blair government, including Tony Blair himself.

4 stars out of 5
14 Mar 2019

"Blair and Brown come under the spotlight in this fascinating retrospective"

The authors’ self-declared aim is to take unfounded emotion out of the arguments as to whether Britain’s 73rd prime minister was hero or villain. It’s an uphill task. Even large chunks of today’s Labour party like to perpetuate many of the myths that this book dispassionately debunks. The authors cheerfully admit to being ‘slanted in Blair’s favour’ (as is your reviewer); but given that so much of today’s political commentary is slanted in the other direction, an account like this is long overdue.