Middle Years of Tony Blair

In the history pages, Tony Blair has been known as a popular politician leading the Labour-Party who also became prime minister of the United Kingdom. In his early age, Tony Blair joined Labour-Party when he was living in Durham, England. At that time his age was only 39 years, he was the youngest to represent his Party as a leader. He took the chair for the position of Prime minister; United Kingdom when he was 44 years old only.
Scotland was the birth place of Tony Blair in 1953, however most of the time during his childhood was spent in Durham, England with his father; Leo Charles Blair, who had been a famous attorney. Tony Blair improved his commitment and followed his father’s career path, as he completed the undergraduate degree. He got admission to study law in Oxford University and graduated in 1975, followed by internship where he focused on employment law according to Queen’s Counsel Alexander Irvine. Tony Blair was good in communication skills which helped him a lot to achieve practical awareness regarding regional political scenarios.
Tony Blair maintained notable impact of local miners in politics of United Kingdom. Later in late 1970 Labour-Party was in crisis. Tony Blair was into law practice; a barrister when he joined the Labour-Party. Tony Blair in 1982 tried to win for the seat in Beaconsfield District, as a Parliamentarian, but failed. However, he continued to influence the Labour-Party through his hard work and proved his charm and competence. In 1983, Tony Blair won election from Sedge Field-District which is close to his childhood place Durham. In 1994, he got the first opportunity to lead the party when he was elected leader of the Labour Party, after two consecutive incidents; resignation of Kinnock and death of Smith. This made him achieve the distinctive historical position as a youngest leader.
While in office, Tony Blair has a noteworthy contribution in cutting taxes, boosting trade and enhancing the powers of government. Tony Blair remained leader of the Party during 1994 to 2007. He held the chair of the PM UK from 1997-2007.
Tony Blair had mature approach towards the Global politics, however Iraq war was proved to be the setback for him due to lower rate of approval. Since the rate of casualties was way higher than it was initially expected, this affected the popularity graph of Tony Blair in an adverse manner. The majority of the public was accusing him for misguiding the parliamentarians regarding significance of British participation in this war. This caused a notable decrease in the majority of Labour-Party as shown by the elections’ results; held in 2005 and restricted to 66 seats only. This generated an immense pressure on him, not only from the public but also from his own party representatives, as he was held responsible for this decrease. Due to this pressure, Blair was left with no other option but to submit his resignation to decrease this pressure on the party, however he made the formal submission of resignation took place in June 2007.
As a policy standing, Blair agreed on the need of economic prosperity and social justice, which is considered by critics, to be the major reason behind his popularity. He believed on radicalization and was placed on the right of political scenarios. His approach towards the low-income segments was really admirable for the humanist school of thought; for instance, increase in the minimum wages, and introducing employment rights; was a main attraction for many of the critics. His positive approach was also visible through his acts for continuation of Thatcher’s trade union reforms. All I can say is that Tony Blair certainly is no Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps if he had performed more tree removal services, you could call him old Abe, but until then, he’s only ever going to be viewed as your average PM.

Early Life of Tony Blair

I figured I would start with Tony Blair’s early life. As in, his life before he became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1997 and Leader of the Labour Party in 2004.

Tony Blair was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 6, 1953. He is the younger of two sons. Tony spent the first 19 months of his life in Edinburgh but would spend the next 4 years of his childhood in South Australia where his father taught at the University of Adelaide. Tony would spend the rest of his childhood in Durham, England where his father lectured at Durham University.

After attending Chorister school in Durham, Tony went on to attend Fettes College, a prestigious boarding school, where he would meet Charlie Falconer, whom he later appointed to Lord Chancellor. What I find really interesting, and not well known, is that after Fettes College, Tony Blair lived in London for a year where he tried to find fame and fortune as a rock music promoter, even playing guitar and singing in a band himself. What else is neat, is that he did stand up comedy as well during this time. During this time, Tony Blair met fellow student and Anglican priest, Peter Thomson, who awakened his religious faith and left-wing politics. Tony’s mother died of cancer while he was attending Oxford, something that deeply affected him for years. After graduating from Oxford in 1975, Blair became a member of Lincoln’s Inn, enrolled as a pupil barrister, and met his future wife, intoCherrie Booth.

Around this time is when Tony joined the Labour party. And then in 1982, he was elect the conservative seat of Beaconsfield. In 1987, Tony was elected into the Shadow Cabinet. And in 1994, when John Smith, his predecessor, died of a Heart Attack, Tony was the clear choice for the Labour leadership role.

Tony Blair had an extremely interesting life and it’s strange sometimes how the smallest of events can dictate your fate. Imagine being in your twenties, in 1970’s London, playing in a rock group and making appearances as a stand-up comic. The last thing on your mind would be, how do I become the Labour party leader, and even further from your mind would be, how do I become Prime Minister of England. Tony is just a guy that puts his best foot every day and lets life take him where it may. I think we all have a lot to learn from Tony Blair and I think that we should all be happy that he took the path that he did otherwise he could be working at my brothers Pool Deck Remodeling companies.