When Tony Blair became Prime Minister in May 1997 he was the youngest person to hold office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93 percent and he went on to become Labour’s longest serving PM. During his first election campaign, he promised that ‘New Labour’ would modernise Britain, freeing it from government secrecy and special interests and giving priority to social justice and equal opportunity for all. So, what went wrong?
In his controversial book Broken Vows: Tony Blair The Tragedy of Power, Tom Bower looks at the truth behind Blair’s claims of rebuilding Britain’s schools, hospitals and welfare services. He also examines Blair’s role in the invasion of Iraq, the public fury and loss of faith in him and why he covertly opened the door to mass immigration. With unprecedented access to more than 180 Whitehall officials, military officers and politicians, Bower uncovers the full story of Blair’s decade in power and the extraordinary commercial empire he’s built since his resignation, advising tycoons and tyrants around the world.
Tom Bower is an investigative journalist and broadcaster. A former producer for BBC Television, he has written biographies of Robert Maxwell, Mohammed Fayed, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson and Bernie Eccleston. Broken Dreams, his investigation into corruption in English football, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
Tom will be in conversation with author and Observer writer Rachel Cooke.
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