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Reshuffle is a last stand for Blair

John McAllion, former Labour MP and MSP and now member of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) spoke to Socialist Worker about New Labour after the elections

Issue No. 2000

‘Tony Blair’s cabinet reshuffle has brought more Blairites into the cabinet. It is very much a last stand for Tony Blair, refreshing the Blairite wing of the party.

This is a clear message that he is not intending to step down. The people who are in the cabinet now are very New Labour and ruthless.

Even if Gordon Brown was in power there would not be much change of direction for the Labour Party.

There might be a change in language and presentation, which may be enough to fool some people.

The ongoing war between Brown and Blair will seriously weaken Labour further.

If Blair is still leader by next year’s Scottish parliament elections New Labour could lose a lot of constituencies.

The SSP is challenging on the list.

The council elections were pretty depressing with the fascist BNP making gains.

It was good to see Respect and the Greens pick up seats though.’

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Sat 13 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2000
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