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What Tony Blair should be saying about Trotsky

The former prime minister has confessed to a student flirtation with revolutionary Marxism. At least he grew out of it

By Oliver Kamm  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

Tony Blair, it turns out, was inspired to enter politics under the intellectual influence of the Bolshevik revolution. In a BBC Radio 4 interview, he disclosed that his life was changed when, as a student, he read the first volume of Isaac Deutscher’s biography of Leon Trotsky. Though Blair acknowledges that his flirtation with Marxism was brief, he stresses its transformative impact on his thinking: “I suddenly thought the world’s full of these injustices and here’s this guy Trotsky who was so inspired by…

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