From early on, even before my election to Parliament in 1983, I had realised the Labour problem was self-made and self-induced. We were not in touch with the modern world. We could basically attract two types of people: those who by tradition were Labour, and those who came to a position of support for socialism or social democracy through an intellectual process. Many trade union activists were in the first category; I was a member of the second. Neither group was what I would call “mainstream,” and together they did not remotely add up to a constituency large enough to be in a position to win and to govern.
A Journey: My Political Life by Tony Blair Alfred A. Knopf 2010