Corbyn and allies ‘marooned on fantasy island’ Blair rages – come back to reality mainland


JEREMY CORBYN and his allies are out of touch with the average Labour voter and “marooned on fantasy island,” former prime minister Tony Blair has warned.

Mr Blair used a speech in London this morning to issue a savage attack on the outgoing Labour leader following the party’s disastrous performance in the general election. He said Mr Corbyn and his chums needed to wake up and “come back to reality mainland” following the pre-festive poll which had brought “shame” on the party. Blasting the socialist and his circle, Mr Blair said: “Labour is marooned on fantasy island. They need to come back to reality mainland. 

“They want to take the Labour Party over. Even as the election happened they were throwing extreme candidates into safe Labour seats. 

“They were trying to deselect decent Labour candidates.” 

He touched on the Labour leadership race which has seen shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer appear to throw his name in the hat by distancing himself from Mr Corbyn. 

Mr Blair warned of a risk posed to the party if sensible Labour MPs did not harbour leadership ambitions, leaving the door open for more left wing figures. 

He urged moderates in the opposition Labour Party to grab back control from outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn whom he said personified a brand of “quasi-revolutionary socialism” that had failed.

“There is a risk that the only people speaking the reality of the Labour Party are those who don’t aspire to lead it,” he said. 

“2019 is much worse than 1983. Then was our second defeat, now it’s our fourth. 

“The country is less fixed in political affiliation and politics moves at speed. We don’t have the luxury of the slow march back.” 

He said Mr Corbyn has led the opposition party into the election with a “strategy for defeat”. 

He said: ”The result has brought shame on us. We let our country down.”

He said the performance by Labour at such a crucial time in British politics was “unforgivable”.

The staunch Remainer said Labour’s challenge was to become a “modern progressive coalition” with the ability to win and hold power or admit it had “exhausted its original mission”.

He went ton to say the party which he previously led had been hijacked by “the far left” who had “turned it into a glorified protest movement with cult trimmings, utterly incapable of being a credible government”. 

Mr Blair warned that Labour faces an existential crisis if the party does not revitalise itself as a “serious, progressive” alternative to the Tories.

Hee urged against a “whitewash” following the devastating general election defeat. 

And he also put Jeremy Corbyn on notice that his planned “process of reflection” before standing down as leader will cause “irreparable damage” if it buries the reasons for the party’s worst result since 1935. 

Additonal reporting by Ciaran McGrath.

The choice for Labour is to renew itself as the serious, progressive, non-Conservative competitor for power in British politics, or retreat from such an ambition, in which case over time it will be replaced


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