Tony Blair’s Foreword:
One area where I completely agree with Philip, and which is a reproach to my leadership, is that in government I did not pay sufficient attention to continuing to build the party. There are a multitude of reasons for this – not least the enormous pressure of governing – but it was a fault.
The truth is that building a modern party base is even more important in government. … the way in which modern political parties need to function has to take account of the very different way people lead their lives today.