Tony Blair

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  • Blarism
    • Renewed type of social democracy or "third way"
      • Take on Thatcherism
      • Move away from the left i.e. trade unions and marxism
      • Move away from the right i.e. selfish capitalism
      • Combined individualism and collectivism
        • Individualism:The principle to be independent and self reliant
        • Collectivism: The principle to give the group priority over the individuals in it
      • Combined economic efficiency and social justice
    • Continuation of Thatcherism or Neo-liberalism
      • Blair accepted the Thatcherised economy
      • Sustainable if tempered with concern for social injustice
      • Blair committed to moderning Britain through his own variation of Thatcherism
        • Privatising the Post Office
    • Continuation of Old Labour style politics
      • British social democracy needed to adapt to the modern times
      • Labour showed changes and kept core values
      • Arrival Into Office
        • Positives
          • Blair could rely on a huge majority in parliament
          • Labour appeared most united since 1945
          • Led a group of talented politicians
          • Spent three years preparing for power
          • Blair Project - Clear idea of direction
          • Conservative opposition demoralised
          • Economic situation favourable
          • Basked in glow of goodwill from public and press
        • Negatives
          • Extent of Labour Support was deceptive - massive parliamentary majority did not reflect a massive surge in the labour vote
          • 43% of vote but still low turnout - fewer voted for Labour in 1997 than in ant 1945-1966 and less than Major's victory in 1992
          • Landslide victory based on Tory voters staying at home, tactical voting for Liberals and FPTP system
      • Blair and Brown
        • Successes
          • One concentrated on flair and personality and other ensured a sound economy.
          • Ensured party unity to an acceptable degree
          • Cultivated proffesionalism and economic management
        • Failures
          • Speculation and mockery of partnership i.e. Bremner
          • Question of succession became wearisome.
      • Blair's First Government
        • Economy
          • Government borrowing led to consumer credit boom
          • Independence of Bank of England
          • Inflation down, Employment up
          • Moved away from image of "tax and spend" party
          • Reassurance of industrialists and financiers
          • Living standard of middle class rising along with housing boom
        • Foreign Policy
          • NATO Intervention in Kosovo to resolve international crisis
          • "Godies" had defeated baddies" and Blair has secured US help
          • Northern Ireland
            • Close working relationship with Ahern (vital on keeping the Republicans on track)
            • Proved capable of reassuring Trimble and Ulster Unionists during final negotiations
            • GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT 1998 - Blair's greatest achievement? Hands on involvement and detailed negotiations during first term.
              • Peace process had been pushed along the way before Blair and there were other contributing factors that let to GFA.
              • Blair's personal commitment was vital. Opposition to GFA came from both sides.
              • People involved in GFA
                • Bertie Ahern  - Irish Taioseach
                • John Hume - SDLP
                • Gerry Adam - Sinn Fein
                • Mo Mowlem - Northern Ireland Secratery
                • George Mitchell - US Senator
                • David Trimble - Ulster Unionists
                • Tony - British PM
            • Sinn Feinn nervous of Republican backlash against them selling out e.g Omagh Bombing 1996 killed 30 people
            • Ulster Unionists feared the powerful negative influence of Paisley leader of the hardline Democratic Unionise Party (DUP)
            • Overall successful
      • Consitutional Reform Themes
        • The Modernisation of Political Issitutions
        • Greater Democratisation of the Political System
        • Devolution - Decentralisation of powers from Westministerand Whitehall
        • Improving and Safeguarding invidividual and minority rights
  • Improving and Safeguarding invidividual and minority rights




This very detailed mindmap is colour coded and organised into sections on ideology, foreign policy and key policies. Very useful.

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