By Tony Blair
Tony Blair is a political candidate who defines our instances. His emergence as Labour social gathering chief in 1994 marked a seismic shift in British politics. inside of a couple of brief years, he had reworked his occasion and rallied the rustic in the back of him, changing into major minister in 1997 with the most important victory in Labour’s historical past, and bringing to an finish eighteen years of Conservative executive. He took Labour to a ancient 3 phrases in place of work as Britain’s dominant political determine of the final decades.
Few British top ministers have formed the nation’s path as profoundly as Tony Blair, and his achievements and his legacy may be debated for future years. the following, uniquely, we have now his personal trip, in his personal phrases.
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You have to get up early, you have to listen to the boss all the time. If there’s no work you don’t eat, if there is work you have to work hard. Work is never good. Work seems good to you because it will let you to go out for pizza, go dancing, go to the movies. But when you have a family you won’t be going out for pizza, you won’t be going dancing. You’ll have to feed your family and then you’ll see how tough work is. This is why you have to think hard about it. I’m not telling you to go to school or to get a job.
We don’t care. And we won’t be giving you any pay rise. Either I kick you out right now, or you all decide here and now to go back to work. If you do that I’ll think about whether to send you back to Salerno or take you back on. So we discussed it among ourselves. I say, OK, it’s better for us to be tough, isn’t it? We say we don’t want to work and so they kick us out. We’ll go back down south, all twenty of us, and make trouble outside Standard. But some of them say they’re married, that they want to finish the course as soon as possible.
He said he sold flowers, because people bought flowers up north. To us that seemed crazy, people buying flowers. He said he sold flowers, and that on the day of the dead he made seventy or eighty thousand lire. We thought it was unbelievable. Now he was trying to open a flower shop. He was getting a drivers licence, he wanted to buy a van to get flowers from San Remo and bring them to Milano: things that were like fairy tales to his brothers and his friends. He told us these stories too; in the evenings we used to sit outside our houses, under a grapevine.
A Journey: My Political Life by Tony Blair