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Tony Blair to launch British version of Macron’s La République en marche?

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Admirers of French President Emmanuel Macron may be plentiful on the British centre. But few have been bothered to get in touch with his movement ‘party’. It is however easy, “La République En Marche! (LREM) considers every person who submits identification information (date of birth, email, full address and telephone number) and adheres to the party’s charter to be an adherent. Unlike other political parties, it does not require adherents to make a monetary donation. ”

Not many people in Britain have been interested in Macron either. An exception has been former Labour Minister Denis MacShane who attended the February 2017 Macron election launch meeting in Central Hall Westminster, London, as an “observer”. Denis has written on the French President, and his insights are worth reading: After Macron’s victory, what should Britain do?

There is a long list of bad Macron policies, from reforms of the welfare state to the privatisation of public assets (the equivalent of the National Lottery, Airports), and raising the age of retirement to 65 (the UK already has it at 66). Macron is also heavy-handed on policing, would obviously prefer that trade unions were simply polite lobbying groups, dislikes protests and people who make a fuss, and, let us just say, somewhat aloof at times.

But while this horror pales when compared to those Boris Johnson’s gang of alt right chancers. there is one thing that stands out when people begin to talk about the “fading” of old parties and that the future lies in this kind of “progressive” who spans left and right. His own movement, now dubbed Renaissance, and Ensemble, (it involves micro-parties like the ‘left of centre’ Territories of Progress. of new Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne) for the June Parliamentary elections, LREM has no democratic structure.

For example its 2017 Congress was made of 200 people, not elected but chosen by lot from the list of members. There no internal elections. Positions within the ‘party’ are filled by ” by co-options, appointments by consensus, cross-appointments and by drawing lots (for example for the ‘Conference’ above).

This is how it functions:

  • By Agreement: all the members (whose role, not very detailed in the presentation made on July 8, 2017, seems to adopt by consensus or acclamation the orientations presented by the national management and to vote, electronically, on statutory modifications).
  • National Council: parliament (not elected) of the party, made up of 80% of parliamentarians, regional and local figures and representatives of the across the country (members by right) and 20% of advisers drawn by lot “at regular intervals” from among the members. The council elects the national management from among its members: 20 of the members of the executive office and the general delegate(s). It defines the broad direction of the movement and controls the action of the national leadership.
  • Executive office: executive of the movement, joint body, composed of about thirty members, 20 elected by the council, 10 co-opted by its members. It appoints national delegates on relevant political social issues from among its members.
  • General delegates: position responsible for leading the movement for a three-year term.

The whole structure is directed by the centre, that is, Emmanuel Macron and his close aides.

Yet this chap seems to like them.

Tony Blair is organizing a conference in late June alongside a new group dubbed the British version of Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche. 

The Future of Britain conference, set to take place on June 30, is hosted by former BBC broadcasters Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis, according to several people involved in its planning. It is intended to discuss progressive solutions to the biggest issues facing Britain, including the economy, technology and climate change. 

Blair will address the event. Others on the program include the U.S. economist Larry Summers, financial journalist Martin Lewis and former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.

This is them,

The Britain Project

We want to counteract the current forces of populism, and focus on our sustainable growth as a nation. We want to rebuild the politics of consensus and moderation by drawing on our pride and success as a nation and rejecting the politics of division. We are liaising with campaigning organisations and social movements to develop progressive networks across the UK. Together, we are looking forward to shaping a more hopeful and positive future.

It might be interesting to discuss this claim – in France Macron has at various points been called a populism for his direct appeal to the ‘people’ ( Emmanuel Macron fait-il du populisme ? January 2022) but we should be clear one thing: please, anti-populist or not, LREM is no democratic alternative.

Despite it being a right-wing comment this has a point as well.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 28, 2022 at 12:29 pm

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  1. I can’t help but notice that his son, Euan, has just bought a mansion in London for £22,000,000. Nice work if you can get it.

    Sue r

    May 28, 2022 at 1:02 pm

  2. Maybe Labour would do better if they had a complete makeover, and a new name ? I think ‘Labour’ does put off a large number of people, certainly in the middle-ground of voters. Try as they like, it’s hard to get away from an image of industrial suffering and hardship. Then there is the problem of Long Corbyn, where millions of potential voters are still queasy at the prospect of voting for the party. Perhaps it would be better for the left to re-form under a new progressive name ?

    Jeff Smith

    May 28, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    • The late Bohemian anarchist author Jaroslav Hasek (the inventor of the “Good Soldier” himself) constantly foiled by the Prague bureaucrats when trying to register his mini-revolutionary parties and leagues once – in desperation – put himself down as the leader of a new Czech speaking “Party of moderate progress within the bounds of the existing law”. That went well for the future Czech Commissar, and so would it, I m sure, for the former MP for Sedgefield and his Gallic oppo.


      May 28, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      • Perhaps a representative should speak at the event..

        “A spokesman for the Tony Blair Institute said: ‘The event planned for June 30 was flagged in Tony Blair’s speech in January on the Future of Britain, when he said: ‘There is a gaping hole in the governing of Britain where new ideas should be’.

        ‘Above all, we need to make our economy highly competitive, attract world class talent, and make our independence from the EU a platform for economic growth.

        ‘But it needs a plan, into which hard work and thought has gone. Policy detail. Strategic analysis. At present, there isn’t one.’

        The spokesman added: ‘The event has nothing to do with creating a new political party. It’s an ideas conference.'”


        Andrew Coates

        May 28, 2022 at 4:04 pm

  3. Useful information. More of this, less NATO apologist

    Nick Wright

    May 28, 2022 at 4:34 pm

  4. Isn’t this more of a Think Tank? I don’t think it will fight Elections


    May 28, 2022 at 10:05 pm

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