Tony Blair blasts Jeremy Corbyn as ‘the guy with the placard’

Written by John Ashmore on 8 June 2016 in Diary

The former PM has made his most critical remarks yet about the Labour leader.

Tony Blair has launched a fierce attack on Jeremy Corbyn for “standing by” as Syrians suffer from the civil war in their country.

The Labour leader has previously suggested that if the Chilcot Report finds Blair legally responsible for failures in Iraq, he should be tried for ‘war crimes’.

But today, Blair hit back at his detractors and accused Corbyn of being passive in the face of a humanitarian disaster in Syria.

“I’m accused of being a war criminal for removing Saddam Hussein – who by the way was a war criminal – and yet Jeremy is seen as a progressive icon as we stand by and watch the people of Syria barrel-bombed, beaten and starved into submission and do nothing,” he told Bloomberg.

He claimed the difference between his and Corbyn’s view was that he was about taking action, while the current Labour leader focused on protesting.

“There’s a guy whose face is on the placard – that’s me: Hate that guy. You’re the person in power taking difficult decisions.

“Jeremy is the guy with the placard, he’s the guy holding it. One’s the politics of power and the other’s the politics of protest.”

The tensions between the two politicians were demonstrated again today when Corbyn’s spokesman suggested the Labour leader would not appear alongsid Blair to make the case for Britain’s membership of the European Union.

The spokesman said there were “no plans to share a platform” with the former PM to try to persuade voters.

"There is a Labour In campaign and he will continue to campaign hard as part of Labour In,” he added. “We will connect with Labour voters on the issues that matter to them.”


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