“Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”
― Tony Blair
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.
Tony Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up the largest proportion of his time. Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community’s effort to secure peace.
His government won again in May 2005, but by that time his majority had been significantly reduced, in part because of unhappiness over Iraq. By late 2006 much of his party was in nearly open revolt against him, and Mr. Blair began to prepare to turn over power to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Tony Blair Faith Foundation aims to promote respect and understanding about the world's major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.
"The Foundation is all about giving kids access to sport and what you find, is that they get right into it. The idea is to make sure that at as early an age as possible, young kids will get a liking for sport that will stick with them for the rest of their lives." Tony Blair
He sought to make the country's health and education systems both more efficient and more responsive, but his first term's high point may well have come overseas, in the power-sharing agreement he brokered in Northern Ireland. Mr. Blair's government was returned to power in an election it won handily in 2001.
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).
In 1982, Blair tried but failed to land a seat in Parliament for the Beaconsfield District. He did however, continue to impress the Labour Party by working hard and proving his charisma and capability. In 1983, Blair earned a seat in Parliament for the Sedgefield District near Durham, where he had spent most of his childhood.
Growing up in Durham, England, Blair observed the powerful influence of local miners, who were central to the strength of England's Labour Party. In the late 1970s, while practicing as a barrister, Blair joined the Labour Party, which was then in a state of crisis.