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How to be leader of the opposition

Back in the 1990s, conviction in attacking the government, openness in reforming itself, and Tony Blair’s personal charisma combined to bring Labour back from the wilderness. If Labour wants power, it must find that formula again

By Andrew Adonis  

Although there are heated disagreements about Tony Blair's record in office, he was unquestionably Britain's most successful opposition leader. Photo: Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Ten of the 14 leaders of the opposition in the last half century never made it to become prime minister—and the jury is out on the 15th, who is having a hard time. So a manual needs to be written on how to do the job successfully. 

It’s basically the same as how to succeed in most things in life, which is to try a bit of “R&D”—“rob and duplicate.” The R&D model in this case is Tony Blair. Disagreements about his record in office can get heated, but that is an argument for another day. Looked at…

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