In archived documents, Tony Blair’s ruthless political instincts are as clear as ever – – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Newly released government papers from the early Tony Blair era may not change anyone’s long-held opinions about Labour’s longest-serving prime minister, but they do reveal some magnificent insight into his thinking.

Most of the focus so far has been on revelations that Blair disagreed with his home secretary, Jack Straw, about how the Government should respond to the conclusion of the Macpherson inquiry into the racially-motivated death of Stephen Lawrence. As well as responding to the report’s recommendations, Straw wanted a ten-year action plan, a public commitment to place racial equality at the heart of policy-making and a wide-ranging inquiry into relations between the police and Britain’s ethnic minority communities.

But Blair

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