Monday, 31 December 2007

Blair Unbound

As 2007 draws to a close it's worth remembering that 2007 saw the long anticipated (at least for Gordon Brown if no-one else) transition from Blair to Brown. The end of 2007 saw the second volume of Blair's Seldon biography published - Blair Unbound. I've been working through the text in the last couple of days and what I find striking is that although this volumes starts in 2001 and runs until 2007, the sexuality agenda is rather lacking. You might have expected civil partnerships for example to be located somewhere in the index but no, it is conspicuously absent. Though Blair will probably be remembered as a Prime Minister who had it all and blew it on an unpopular war, he was genuinely transformative on the social agenda. The age of consent, repeal of section 28, Civil partnerships, Gay Adoption Rights, Gay Forces Personnel, Goods and Services and crucially in setting a national tone in which those things become normalised.

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Sean Hennelly said...

Nice round up of his social achievements, but he also achieved so much more. Best Prime Minister of all time...

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