We must build a new coalition that is popular, not populist. Add your voiceFriday, Mar 03, 2017 in Office of Tony Blair
In Tony Blair’s new article in the New York Times he sets out the challenge for those of us in the progressive wing of politics and the need to fightback against left wing and right wing populism by building “a new coalition out from the centre”.
In the article, he talks about how in the current political climate, “a distinction that often matters more than traditional right and left is open vs. closed” and calls on progressives the world over to “reach across the party divide, making a virtue of nonpartisanship.”
This article follows his call in a recent speech to reposition the debate around globalisation to make it work for the many.
To do this, Blair says, the centre needs to develop a new policy agenda that “shows people they will get support to help them through the change that’s happening around them.”
This agenda “has to focus on these opportunities for radical change in the way that government and services like health care serve people,” and must include how “we educate, skill and equip our work force for the future.”
As Tony Blair says in the article, “the politics of the progressive center has not died, but it needs reinventing and re-energizing.”
In order “for liberal democracy to survive and thrive, we must build a new coalition that is popular, not populist.”