Tony Blair served as Prime Minister in the UK from 1997 – 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100-year history to win three consecutive elections. Like many of his predecessors, Blair’s time as Prime Minister was not without its challenges. Under his leadership, ‘New Labour’ aimed to implement reforms to reduce poverty, health waiting times and unemployment, while focusing on improving living standards. However, a key challenge was how government itself was run. His time in government is equally recognised for his bold reforms to the way the centre of government worked with departments to transform and manage public services several of which (e.g. Delivery Units) have been replicated around the world.
In our latest podcast, Adrian Brown sits down with Tony Blair, now Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, to discuss the challenges and reflections of his time as Prime Minister.
They also discuss ‘The Future of Government‘ a topic we’re researching at CPI and we hear Tony Blair’s thoughts on how government needs to adapt to reflect societies changing needs.
Enjoy the recording and let us know what you think. Do you agree with him?