Jeremy Corbyn can ‘annihilate’ the Conservatives, says Tony Blair
But only if he listens to Blair on Brexit.
George Osborne recently told a press gallery lunch that Labour would be 20 points ahead in polls and “on the cusp of power” if Jeremy Corbyn were not leader.
Now another former political big cheese has said Labour can smash the Tories - without going to the trouble of changing its leader.
In his latest intervention on Brexit, Tony Blair called on Labour to stand up to the Tories. “If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the single market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour,” he warned in an article published on his institute's website.
Appearing on Sky News, the former prime minister went further.
“I can see a situation where the Labour party would annihilate the Tories if it went for the high ground, because it would also go right back into the fundamental division in the Tory party over the future of the country,” said Blair.
Alas, the signs so far suggest that the Labour leadership are unlikely to take advice from the man who previously blasted Corbyn as “the guy with the placard”.
Rather, one member of Labour's shadow cabinet told the BBC: “Lots of Labour voters voted for Brexit and this to them sounds like the metropolitan elite ignoring them.
“The whole Tony Blair project was about being on the right side of public opinion. And now look at this. Are you telling me the Tony Blair of 1994 would have said this?”