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Don’t ask me, this is his problem now. Alastair Grant/PA

Blair to tell all to a torture inquiry? Well, let’s see

You have to admire the tenacity of Teflon Tony. To most observers it’s beyond doubt that the former prime minister’s reputation was burnt to a crisp by the overheated intelligence on Iraq’s invisible weapons…
John Howard made sure he was facing the same way as other world leaders on climate policy, unlike the current Prime Minister. AAP Image/David Crosling

How John Howard could help turn Tony Abbott around on climate

Throughout his prime-ministership, which ran from 1996 to 2007, John Howard’s perspective on climate change was informed by geopolitics more than science. The Kyoto Protocol, the key international climate…
The facts about mining revenues and taxation in Australia aren’t as clear as they should be under global transparency benchmarks. AAP/Rebecca Le May

Why isn’t Australia signing up to mining revenue transparency?

It’s a far-from-perfect instrument of global governance. But as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) coalition celebrates its 12th birthday, it can point to steadily increasing membership…
Yup, that’s GQ’s new Philanthropist of the Year. John Stillwell/PA Wire

Surprise, surprise, Twitter is outraged by Blair’s GQ award

It doesn’t take someone with the mentality of a conspiracy theorist to conclude that the decision by GQ magazine to name to Tony Blair as philanthropist of the year was one taken in the full knowledge…
What might have been? John Smith, Margaret Beckett and Tony Blair. John Giles/PA Archive

20 years on: what if Tony Blair had never led the Labour Party?

It is 20 years since Tony Blair took over as leader of the Labour Party. There has been much comment about his legacy, a great deal of it uncomplimentary. But it could have been so different… It’s the…
Show of strength: Boris Johnson prepares to take on David Cameron at tennis. Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Politics is a game best played by the young and the restless

So, Alan Johnson is too old, at 64, to contemplate a run at the leadership of the Labour Party even if the top job: the prime ministership may be there for the taking just ten months away. Prime ministers…
Tony Blair says Egypt was ‘rescued’ from extremism by military intervention. EPA/Khaled Elfiqi

Blair’s anti-Islamist crusade could play into al-Qaeda’s hands

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the strongest external support for a forceful response from the United States came from Tony Blair, the man who now again describes the struggle against…
Brother, can you spare a dime? Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

Union funding cuts force Miliband to turn to millionaires

After numerous dispatch box jibes at David Cameron about the Conservatives being bank-rolled by rich individuals, it appears that Ed Miliband is now having to do the same. Last week it was David Owen pledging…

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