Speaking of a ‘profound volatility’ in UK politics over the last 12 months, the former Labour leader slammed the current one following his party’s disastrous loss to Boris Johnson and the Conservatives in the General Election.
The former Prime Minister said that the result posed ‘existential questions’ for progressive politics in the UK and wider ones for the western world.
Tony Blair is pictured delivering his New Year message in which he slammed the Labour performance at this year’s General Election
Tony Blair (left) has used his New Year’s message to stick the boot into Jeremy Corbyn (right) again as he blasted Labour’s worst defeat for 90 years
‘The next decades are going to be transformative in geo-political terms,’ he said in a video on Twitter, adding: ‘It will mean setting out that the political centre ground had the radicalism to recapture power from the left and right.’
It comes after left-winger Corbyn said that he won’t lead the party into its next general election.
Blair – who won three elections with Labour and backed remaining in the EU – said that the ‘end of a turbulent decade’ had seen the ‘rise of nationalism and populism unimaginable 10 years ago’.
He warned that there’s some sense of crisis in the west’ and that it required the harnessing of government’s full potential.
In his vidoe, former prime minister Tony Blair tore into Jeremy Corbyn over the the election, in which Labour suffered its heaviest defeat since 1935
An ardent critic of the UK’s vote to leave the EU in 2016, Blair said that Britain will find itself a moderately sized economy in coming years.
‘Between now and 2030 the size of the Chinese economy will more than double, being the world’s largest and overtaking the US,’ he added.
But he closed his message by saying he was optimistic that the centre ground of politics would dominate once more.
‘I see no reason why the 2020s can’t be a decade where the balance shifts back to those with an open mind,’ he said.