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Bad-blood brothers: how New Labour infighting led to Brexit

The missed opportunities of New Labour are heart-rending—not least when it comes to Europe

By Andrew Adonis  

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown talk during Bono's speech to the Labour Party Conference. Photo: PA

A common problem in marriages is toxic co-dependency, and the tragedy of the political marriage of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair was precisely this condition.

Gordon would neither work closely with Tony nor challenge him. Had they worked closely and collaboratively, the Blair government might have been a worthy rival to the Attlee government which Gordon so admires for its transformational impact on social justice.

Maybe the reason this never happened is because…

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