Tony Blair is the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He has
led the Labour Party since July 1994, and brought Labour into power
with a landslide victory in the 1997 general election, replacing John
Major as Prime Minister and ending 18 years of Conservative
government. He is now the Labour Party's longest-serving Prime
Minister. He moved the Labour Party towards the centre of British
politics, using the term "New Labour" to distinguish what he calls
"modern social democracy" and his party's refusal to reverse
privatisation and support for a market economy from its past belief in
nationalisation and Fabian socialism. Since the advent of the "War on
Terror" much of his agenda has been dominated by foreign affairs and
he has supported many aspects of the foreign policy of George W. Bush.
His party won an unprecedented third term in the 2005 general
election, but its majority in the House of Commons was reduced
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Reign of Terror leader Maximilien Robespierre was guillotined.
Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, starting World War I.
The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude
flattened Tangshan, China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851.
Alberto Fujimori became President of Peru and the first person of East
Asian descent to become executive head of state of a non-Asian nation.
The remains of the prehistoric Kennewick Man were discovered.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this
as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem
which it was intended to solve." -- Karl Popper