Wednesday October 21, 2020

Coalition could do with taking a leaf out of Blair's book

The property tax is coming. Voters might respect the government if they went out and made the case for it, writes Pat Leahy.

24th February, 2013
Tony Blair: he took the abuse, stumped for his policies and stood his ground. Photo: GETTY

When Tony Blair was running in his third and final general election campaign as leader of the British Labour Party in 2005, he and his advisers wondered how they could effectively have a campaign led by a man who was - in the wake of the disastrous adventure in Iraq - unpopular and mistrusted by the voters.

The answer they came up with was jokingly called the "masochism strategy". Blair went out to meet the people,...

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