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Blair haunts foreign policy debate

16 June 2014

8:58 AM

16 June 2014

8:58 AM

Whether or not the Iraq war was wise, it’s fair to say that it is now unwise for Tony Blair to intervene in the ongoing foreign policy debate. The former Prime Minister was under fire last week as the country British and US forces invaded in 2003 was rent asunder by ISIS, and naturally the debate about whether these developments show the intervention was the wrong decision has put further pressure on Blair. He rarely needs much pressure to justify his actions, though: he gives the impression of a man who protests too much. In his column today, Boris Johnson makes quite clear that these protests do not come without a cost to the wider debate about intervention. His accusation that Tony Blair ‘has finally gone mad’, that he is ‘unhinged’ and ‘surely needs psychiatric help’ is less stinging than this paragraph:

‘The Iraq war was a tragic mistake; and by refusing to accept this, Blair is now undermining the very cause he advocates – the possibility of serious and effective intervention. Blair’s argument (if that is the word for his chain of bonkers assertions) is that we were right in 2003, and that we would be right to intervene again.

‘Many rightly recoil from that logic. It is surely obvious that the 2003 invasion was a misbegotten folly. But that does not necessarily mean – as many are now concluding – that all intervention is always and everywhere wrong in principle, and that we should avoid foreign entanglements of all kinds.’

Boris concludes that Blair should ‘put a sock in it’ unless he accepts ‘the reality of the disaster he helped to engender’. The Mayor also argues in the piece that the intervention was flawed because there was no plan for the transition afterwards. But his point is that Blair does not help any debate now because he refuses to acknowledge his mistakes.

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Indeed, Blair certainly did not help the debate about intervention in Syria. Just in case his ghost didn’t loom large enough over the House of Commons, he made sure MPs all had Blair on the brain by penning this op-ed calling for intervention in The Times.

This isn’t to say that the decisions Blair took in office were right or wrong. But the controversy they stirred means that whenever he gets involved in debates about foreign policy, he distracts everyone from the issue at hand, and takes them back more than a decade to old debates about a decision no-one can undo, even if they wanted to. ISIS appears to have butchered soldiers in a shallow grave in Iraq over the weekend, yet Blair is attracting limelight and airtime. Whether or not he is right, perhaps a little silence would be beneficial.

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  • Fergus Pickering

    So many better men dead, and this ignorant, money-grubbing squit still alive? Oh who will rid us of this meddlesome beast?

  • Alistair Moulden
  • disqus_JXTaH3N9kU

    Blair will never ever admit any wrongdoing for his actions in Iraq for an even stronger reason than his arrogance : he is aware he would highly likely be sued.

  • Iain Hill

    Superman flying over the Commons!

  • ironborntosuffer

    In any just world, he would have been arraigned before the International Court in the Hague long ago…

  • Kennybhoy

    Mention Blair and the Iraq war and this place turns into a version of cif…

  • Terence Hale

    Hi,
    “Blair haunts foreign policy debate”. A dictator in need is a dictator indeed. Mr. Blair of low intellect should present himself to the war tribunal.

  • Marquess of Salisbury

    The excuse about our parliamentarians being ‘misled’ is strange. Millions including me weren’t misled so why were Bonkers Boris et al? There was huge evidence at the time to suggest that the proposed invasion of Iraq was bonkers.

  • arnoldo87

    “Blair haunts foreign policy debate”

    Excuse me – what debate is this, then? The one raging at the moment where all of our possible options are being debated calmly and rationally by our leaders? I think not.

    Boris has made his contribution (see above) and his remarks surely cement his reputation as a serious statesman.

    However, if you look at the facts, you can deduce what has gone on in Iraq. The Iraq Body Count data since the war show that the deaths per month peaked in 2006 at an average of about 2000/month. Thereafter this reduced to about 350 per month by 2012. In mid 2013 this rose to 1000/month and has now just jumped to 2600 in the last month.

    Now what could it be that has happened to cause this?
    Is it a sudden delayed reaction from Bush and Blair’s policy of 2003-2008?

    Or is it a spill over from the tragedy of Syria (where we did not intervene effectively when we were able to in 2011 in order to help the original rebels) whereby ISIS gained strength in Syria and then decided to go to Iraq to achieve their objective of a new state?

    The answer is blindingly obvious, but you couldn’t tell this from reading the gutter press or from our spineless major parties.

    Blair is the only person at the moment asking the right questions and providing the truthful analysis. Dave has been a big disappointment on this in terms of leadership. I expected nothing better from Miliband.

    • Kennybhoy

      Respectfully disagree about “the original rebels” but the rest is sound…

  • john

    Bozza abusing Blair – a perfect microcosm of British poilitical standards.

    • Kennybhoy

      lol

  • https://sites.google.com/site/deanjackson60/home Dean Jackson

    “Whether or not the Iraq war was wise…”

    Of course the war was wise…for the USSR & Allies, who tasked the war to (1) reopen Iraq’s oil supplies to the world market (supplies were running thin due to India’s emergence onto the world economic scene, and Russia didn’t want to drain its reserves); (2) provide China with the majority of Iraqi government oil contracts; (3) weaken the United States Armed Forces; and (4) destroy the prominence of the West in the eyes of the world, watching aghast as the West not only invades another nation for no reason, but is once more aghast as Moscow’s agents in Iraq stage scenes of torture, photographs of which are released.

    • Kennybhoy

      ROTFLMFAO!

  • saffrin

    Blair should be brought up on war crimes charges before he has the chance to apply for US citizenship.

  • Roger Hudson

    We must all shun him, the media mustn’t give him publicity, his protection army must be reduced to the same level the last Labour PM got, farmer Jim with his one or two bored coppers.

  • Mynydd

    Someone should remind Mr Johnson that he, and the Conservative party, supported Mr Blair in all the debates and votes in parliament. In reality Bush Jr and Blair were only clearing up the mess left behind by Bush Sr and John Major the then Conservative Prime Minister. They should not have stopped the 1st Gulf war when they did but should have continued until Hussan was removed from power. Bush Sr and John Major left the job half done.

    • Wessex Man

      what a childish piece of New labour spin. Btw it was an Alliance formed in the UN as a result of Iraq’s invasion of it’s neighbour. Bliar and Bush Jun just wanted a war.

    • Inverted Meniscus

      What utter Sh*t. Major and Bush were fulfilling a full mandate from the UN and were part of a wide coalition to liberate Kuwait whose sovereign territory had been invaded illegally by an aggressor. If you must lie at least make an attempt to sound plausible instead of trolling Labour Party propaganda and absolute nonsense.

      • Fergus Pickering

        Liberate Kuwait? A war to liberate Kuwait? Oh, that was it, was it? That’s all right then.

        • Inverted Meniscus

          No it was not’alright’ but unlike Blair’s misadventures in 2003, it was fully and unequivocally mandated by the UN and involved a broad coalition including France.

    • Kennybhoy

      Spot on. In the aftermath of the Gulf War we watched while Sadam slaughtered or forced into exile all of his actual and potential internal opponents. The lack of these people combined with a too stringent de-Baathification was probably the main reason why the post 2003 occupation was a failure. And to varying degree the same thing happened on the quiet throughout the region. Including Syria. That is why I regretfully disagree with arnoldo87 when he writes of “the original rebels” of 2011. The few sane rebels of 2011 were always going to be subsumed or slaughtered by the jihadis and any western intervention would merely have aided the latter. Timing is everything…

      • arnoldo87

        You may be right about the impact of Western intervention in 2011, but could it have turned out any worse than it has? And we have let down the only people that had a chance of establishing a fledgling democracy in Iraq.

    • Fergus Pickering

      Nobody should have removed Saddam. Both wars were wrong..

      • Kitty MLB

        You’ve hit the nail on the head, we thought by removing a despot that his people would behave like
        like us in the West but instead they are , and all others
        are behaving like mini despots. He kept them under
        control and Iraq would would not have been under
        attack now as others feared his control .
        And he loved his little friends in the West.

        • Fergus Pickering

          Iraq under Saddam protected its heritage. A lot of it was subsequently destroyed, much by ignorant Americans.

  • Adam Carter

    It’s interesting that Boris Johnson is quoted in this article.
    He was in the House of Commons in 2003; what did he say at the time?
    Millions of people made the judgement, at the time, that the UK should not join in military action in Iraq.
    What did Johnson say or do? Which way did he vote, if there was a vote?
    I don’t know the answers, but unless Johnson opposed intervention then why should we attach weight to his hindsight?
    And frankly, Johnson questioning Blair’s sanity is silly. Johnson is not a psychiatrist and hasn’t examined the patient, and a subject as serious as this is not appropriate for fancy rhetorical flourishes.
    People suggest that Johnson is a plausible PM? No, the man is a self-publicist with poor judgement.
    (I was opposed to the Iraq war at the time, and I despise Blair, but I don’t want Johnson in a position of national power.)

    • Fergus Pickering

      You have obviously not read Boris’s article. Go and do so now.

  • Augustus

    The ISIS advance is a clear demonstration of how jihadist groups use the weakness of others to win fights using fear and terror. The Taliban did the same in the 1990s rampaging through Afghan cities and villages. The corrupt Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, now wants to reorganize the Iraqi armed forces with Iran’s help, and is already working on an Iranian model of a people’s militia (Basij). Currently there are two governments (Syria and Iraq), plus a semi-government (Hezbollah), which are vassal States of Iran. This is going to be a recipe for new conflicts and misery. The ISIS death squads show just how dangerous radical Muslims can be.

    • Adam Carter

      mohammedans slaughtering other, slightly different, mohammedans.
      Soon we can expect other mohammedans, as well as Tony Blair, explaining how this is all the fault of the West.

      • Wessex Man

        Yep! it’s got to be our fault, always is always will be. what our headless chickens in Parliament should realise is that it’s a Global problem and needs to be fought globally by forces OTHER than ours!

  • saffrin

    “Tony Blair’s state of outright denial of the obvious consequences of his disastrous decision-making on Iraq is making increasingly uncomfortable viewing.”

    Nigel Farage.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/15/farage-slams-blair-regime-change

  • southerner

    We don’t have a foreign policy. We just follow orders from Washington and Brussels. Hague is comfortably the worst foreign secretary in living memory. His fawning over Jolie last week embarrassed his office. Next week – a peace conference with the Kardashians.

    • Blindsideflanker

      I have never been able to find out, who are the Kardashians ? Why are their lives plastered all over the tabloids? And why should I be interested?

      • Wessex Man

        don’t worry you don’t need to bother, they are of no interest to real people.

    • Wessex Man

      We don’t need a foreign policy while we are the Yanks puppets and in the EU.

      • Kennybhoy

        “Never be separated from the Americans.”

        – Winston Churchill

  • witchblade01

    If I wasn’t filled with such sadness, I would almost chuckle thinking back to 1997 when all those right on people voted for Saint Tony and those real hip guys of the new labour party. Now 17 years later the country is a shadow of its former self, full of welfare bludgers from all over the world and some of them obviously a threat to the Uk. After seeing the latest pictures in Iraq even a chap of limited intelligence can see the real dangers of what could happen here today, tomorrow or in a decade or two’s time. Enjoy your third way Uk, I shall raise a glad to you, when it all goes so badly wrong.

  • goatmince

    The Iraq intervention and the ghost of TB. It’s easy to ignore ethics as no one on this blog (see below/above) really cares about them.

    Jeremy Hunt blatantly texted Murdoch about an ongoing competitive process. It’s there in black and white. No one cared.
    Blair blatantly lied about the intelligence available to him at the time a decision was made to invade Iraq. Robin Cook resigned, the last honourable act in Parliament. Again, no one cared.

    There are plenty of other examples that conclusively prove that ethics are
    virtually non-existent in British politics today. If party politics came into this, where did the other side stand on this when the call then had to be made?

    • Wessex Man

      Vote UKip!

      • goatmince

        Jesus Christ

    • arnoldo87

      If the lie was blatant, please tell us what it was. Quote, date, place and source.

      • goatmince

        speak with Rolf Ekéus.

        • arnoldo87

          No thanks. Can you give us a lie or not?

          • Inverted Meniscus

            I think we would all love to hear your case for Tony Blair as a paragon of honesty and candidate for Sainthood.

            • arnoldo87

              And the lie is?

              • Inverted Meniscus

                I have not said he lied. I just find your attitude contemptible.

                • Kennybhoy

                  Er…yes you did…

                  “Because like the rest of Parliament they were deliberately misled.”

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  No I did not. It is possible to mislead by omission, understatement, deemphasis etc etc. It s not always necessary to lie to mislead.

                • Kennybhoy

                  Sophistic sh**e! To “deliberately” mislead is to lie by omission.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Calm down lad.

          • The_Missing_Think

            The imaginary WMD 45 minutes lie.

            • Inverted Meniscus

              Oh dear, you will shortly be treated to a load of sanctimonious sophistry and bollux explaining that that was not a lie. He was acting on the best intelligence available etc etc. I did warn everybody.

              • Kennybhoy

                You really don’t understand what sophistry is do you…? The only person indulging in sophistry hereabouts is yersel…

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Whatever. No run along there’s a good boy.

            • arnoldo87

              You need to give us the quote, date and source and then explain where the lie is. Otherwise you are merely recycling someone else’s (very wrong) opinion.

              • The_Missing_Think

                You’re obviously an extreme denialist, or much more likely, a burning paranoid hidden agenda type.

                • arnoldo87

                  Quote, date, and source?

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  All of the above.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        I don’t think so. You just want the opportunity to demonstrate a little sophistry and intellectual superiority when some poor sap suggests, for example, ‘nuclear weapons within 45 minutes of British territory or some such’. So park your inflated sense of intellectual superiority and just accept that much of the British Public regards Blair as an unprincipled scoundrel who took this country into an illegal and unnecessary war the consequences of which we will have to live with for decades.

        • arnoldo87

          Some poor sap who has been brainwashed, you mean?

          • Inverted Meniscus

            I have not said he lied. I just find idiots like you who believe themselves to be intellectually superior to everybody else deluded and irritating.

      • ButcombeMan

        I notice you seem to be some sort of apologist for Blair. Did you not say this a while back:

        “The dossier was the work of the JIC, and was not “Blair’s”.”

        Disingenuous, the phoney dossier was heavily spun by Blair’s aide Campbell with John Scarlet apparently complicit (For which he got his reward).

        As you correctly perceive, the lie was not blatant, Blair is a trained lawyer, they rarely tell outright lies, it was nevertheless a conspiracy to deceive people & parliament. Hardly a soul believes otherwise now. The pity is, those of use who saw through it at the time were not able to persuade the Tory party.

        • arnoldo87

          There is no evidence whatsoever that Campbell “heavily span” the dossier. If there is some, please produce it.

          • Inverted Meniscus

            I think we should read the Chilcott enquiry on that subject. Oh we can’t can we because the key materials have been continually blocked.

            • arnoldo87

              So – no evidence then? (once again)

              • Inverted Meniscus

                I don’t think he lied so what evidence am I supposed to produce. The perception however is that he did lie and good luck with changing public opinion on that score.

          • ButcombeMan

            Nice try at Trolling.

            You are Alistair Campbell and I claim my 5 pounds

            • arnoldo87

              No evidence about Campbell spinning, then?
              Quelle surprise.

        • Inverted Meniscus

          Well said but don’t expect a sensible response. He is far too concerned with demonstrating his own sophistry and intellectual superiority to the rest of us.

          • Kennybhoy

            Sophistry? ROTFLMFAO

            • Inverted Meniscus

              Gibberish.

          • arnoldo87

            Don’t include yourself in “the rest of us”, Inverted.
            I demonstrated that weeks ago.

            • Inverted Meniscus

              In your dreams laddie.

      • arnoldo87

        Just “kidding” eh, goatmince?

        • goatmince

          Adolph, I told you where to look – now look there.
          How do I know you’re not wilfully blind?
          You could be a proper Adolf for all we know.

  • allymax bruce

    Isabel, the Public Adminstration Committee, (Bernard Jenkins), last Friday, asked Francis Maude about Bliar’s unilateral (gift of Tony Bliar to release State papers) decision to declare war on Iraq. Jenkins asked Maude if Sir John Major ‘was wrong’ when Major said the papers could be released; Maude said Sir John Major was wrong; but, it’s “immaterial if I agree with you” (Francis Maude)!!!
    WTF is that ?
    Paul Flynn stated that ‘Britian’ would never be able to take part in war ever again because Parliament wouldn’t be believed.

  • GUBU

    I’ve no doubt Mr Blair thinks it was a Sunday well spent.

    Mass, some time with that nice Mr Murnaghan inciting Armageddon in the Middle East, then no doubt onward for champagne and canapes at the expense of some Central Asian billionaire.

    Lovely…

    • Blindsideflanker

      Indeed, Blair was possibly attracted to Catholicism as a religion where he could absolve himself of the crimes he manages to amass during the week. A few Hail Mary’s at the weekend, soul saved from damnation, and back to adding despots to his clients list during the week.

      • GUBU

        I suspect it is Mr Blair who absolves the priest when attending confession.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        Agreed. It is funny how some people are content with simply ‘ finding God’ but with Blair he probably feels that he and his creator are on first name terms.

    • Inverted Meniscus

      Sunday lunch with Cherie. not so lovely.

    • ButcombeMan

      Not as enjoyable as a Sunday with Mrs Murdoch maybe

  • echo34

    This is the Tony Blair who is the middle east “peace” envoy, correct?

  • Magnolia

    “This isn’t to say that the decisions Blair took in office were right or wrong”
    Still sitting on the fence on that one implies a devotion to the cause of Mr Blair that is well beyond any line of duty here and I suspect totally out of keeping with the estimation of the vast majority of the population at large.
    Mr Blair became ‘toxic’ to the ‘hoi polloi’ because of his poor decision making on many issues. Even the Labour Party had to get rid of him before he faced another general election. Only as yet unknown evidence from the back rooms (secret) could vindicate him now.

  • Holly

    I reckon our ‘misbegotten folly’ happened long before 2003.

  • Timur

    I think Blair’s comments have really helped the debate. He made a very tough decision while in office and we shouldn’t assume that he was an idiot for making the call he made given the information he had at the time. Clearly Obama and Cameron have no clue what to do now in Iraq and Syria and will possibly lose any influence we had on the region as it turns into a Shia (read Iran) and Sunni (read Gulf Arab states) bloodbath. At least Blair had a strategy and the guts to execute it whereas Obama/Cameron have no strategy and no ability to execute.

    • ButcombeMan

      Very few people in my experience think Blair was an idiot. Most people think what he did was a deliberate, blatant, planned, deception, of public and parliament.

      It was a false prospectus and,a manipulation of the facts to fit a decision taken in Washington. (See the Downing Street memo), no doubt to suit the military complex and arms manufacturers.

      I have US friends who still, regardless, believe Iraq was involved in 9/11.

      The US was punch drunk and easy to manipulate.

      The UK should have been more difficult, in general our public is more worldly wise than the US population, but Blair managed it.

      Ably assisted by fools in the Tory party, starting especially, with IDS.

      Blair’s place in history is now sealed, there is nothing he can do. His desperation is palpable.

      • Timur

        Hi

        I no longer use this account. Please write me on curt@curthopkins.com

        Best regards,
        Curt

      • arnoldo87

        You clearly have not read the Downing Street memo in full. Take a look at it and realise how wrong your assertion is.

    • MirthaTidville

      He was far from an idiot, he was in fact cold, calculating and above all self serving. the decisions he made were not tough, they were made in his long term best interests..Vile man

    • Fergus Pickering

      Strategy? And what was his plan once Iraq was ‘liberated’? Did he have one? No.of course he didn’t. He went ahead simply to join the club of Churchill and Mrs Thatcher who had prosecuted successful wars.

  • Kitty MLB

    Blair the man with blood on his hands.
    The moving finger writes; and having writ moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit
    shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.
    Not that the egotistical, vein, insane, treacherous, deceitful serpent of a man
    ever sheds tears from his empty cold eyes.
    He said a while ago that he has no regrets about his time in office..
    who on this earth says words like that ?

    • Wessex Man

      why, I’m amazed didn’t know you were a poet, shame about Call me Dave modelling himself on Tone.

      • Fergus Pickering

        God Heavens! Did Kitty write that? I thought it was some gay Victorian geezer,

        • Kitty MLB

          No I am not and no I didn’t.I havent the talent.
          I’m just a historian who translates Greek and
          Latin old books who writes mediocre poetry
          in her spare time. And as Fergus was a teacher
          of English Literature wishes she’d stop going
          on about such stuff.And you’d know those
          words in my post were written by a women
          about 80 years ago but replied to wessex man
          with light, nonserious humour. Which is why
          I prefer exchanging posts with you then him
          or did,as Fergus is somewhat quiet with me
          these days.

          • Fergus Pickering

            Woman? Was Edward Fitzgerald a transexual then? Good Heavens!

            • Kitty MLB

              Its fruitless trying to pull the wool over your
              sharp eyes…Only the brave or the foolish, I’m
              the latter clearly.
              Ah! but you still don’t know what a Transexual
              is, do you? A cheap shot I know, but I must
              grab small victories when I can.Never know
              when the next one will turn up.

  • timepass

    Shouldn’t Blair just simply be locked up.

  • Blindsideflanker

    Remember this is the man Cameron had his party stand up and applaud when he left the Commons.

    • Holly

      I admit to doing a few sighs of relief, and cheering myself.
      Did the same in 2010.

      • john p reid

        They were cheering his record, not him leaving, what was there too cheer in 2010 ,the Tories didn’t actually win

    • MirthaTidville

      and therein lies the problem with Cameron

    • Mynydd

      Prior to standing up and applauded, they fully supported his action in Iraq. Now because different headlines are the order of the day its all forgotten.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        Because like the rest of Parliament they were deliberately misled.

        • The_Missing_Think

          Robin Cook resigned. This invalidtes your feeble excuses, fueled by the, ‘My party, right or wrong’ mantra.

          • Inverted Meniscus

            I have no idea what you are talking about but I am sure it made you feel a good deal better.

            • The_Missing_Think

              My point being, not everybody was misled, some knew it to be very wrong, so wrong, they resigned, and 1 million un-misled people protested in London. Another 30 agreed.

              And the Syrian adventure was Opposition blocked, proving it could have been stopped.

              The default should be very, very anti-war, not, ‘here we go again’.

        • arnoldo87

          Deliberately misleading someone is indeed as bad as lying, as it involves deceit. So tell us when this happened – quote, date, source. (Tip – steer clear of 45 minutes)

          • Kennybhoy

            “Tip – steer clear of 45 minutes”

            You are way too kind… :-(

          • Inverted Meniscus

            Don’t worry I know that is one of your favourite means of demonstrating how clever you are. The unavoidable conclusion however is that much of the British public, regardless of the facts, regard Blair as a dishonest man who drew Britain into an unnecessary and illegal war. You can treat us all to pages of your sophistry, sanctimony and intellectual superiority but that seems to be the view of the majority of the British public. Good luck with changing that perception.

            • arnoldo87

              “regardless of the facts”, eh?
              Tells us all we need to know, does it not?

              • Inverted Meniscus

                That is public opinion old lad and apologists and deniers like you can go whistle. The public believes he lied regardless of the facts so you will just have to shut up and suck it up.

                • arnoldo87

                  I accept that a lot of the public believe that he lied.
                  You and I, however, know that he did not.
                  So I won’t be shutting up any time soon.
                  Just letting those with open minds know these facts.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Firstly, good luck with that and doubtless your campaign will further enhance your sense of moral and intellectual superiority. Second, a fact is not a fact because you say it is. Third, the public perceive our intervention in Iraq to have been an ethical and practical disaster and the wellspring of future problems that you cannot predict or explain away. Finally, they regard Blair, who despite being on first name terms with God, as the author of that disaster and an irredeemable scoundrel.

                • arnoldo87

                  Thanks for the good wishes.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Wow, you even do irony.

      • ironborntosuffer

        Most of Major’s cabinet didn’t support the war…

  • jesseventura2

    The pressure this vermin is putting on his children who bear his name and the fact his fat daughter previously tried to end her life should make him crawl under a rock.

    • Wessex Man

      not under a lot of pressure that I can see one of them is going to stand in a safe labour seat next year, that should tell you all you need to know about Labour!

  • Lady Magdalene

    It would help considerably if the Media agreed to pay him no attention – apart from reporting occasionally on his money-making enterprises.

    • you_kid

      Remove him from public view?

      Is that the way ‘Britishness’ works, ‘common sense-ism’ even, rather than confronting and bottoming out the issue head on? I think you might have a point.

  • CharlietheChump

    If you want Blair to be silent then stop asking him to appear on Marr or in the Times. His friends in the media continue to help him maintain his brand and earning power.

    • Kitty MLB

      Indeed this just feeds his deluded, messiah complex.
      Oh why did the political world sip the poisoned wine from that miscreants
      chalice .
      They also say he’s a lonesome figure travelling the world desperate for
      attention. Wandering around in the shadows of his former glory, with just
      a remaining few of his decreasing show biz chums.

      • ironborntosuffer

        The Flying Dutchman!!

    • Wessex Man

      He was asked to appear by his sycophants at the BBC, an organisation that should be stripped of it’s easy money Licence Fee and told to join the competitive commercial world.

  • realfish

    It is an outrage that this man, in complete denial, appears to hold veto over the Iraq Inquiry. It is tantamount to an attempt to pervert the cause of justice.

    This must not be allowed. Chilcot should produce his report, unexpurgated, forthwith.

    • Kitty MLB

      Indeed it must and the smiling villain should get his
      just deserts. But nothing will wash the blood from
      the hands of that deluded, egotistical miscreant.

  • Ian Walker

    I just want one interviewer to ask Blair how many of the lives lost in Iraq over the last ten years he feels responsible for?

  • First L

    If Blair wants to intervene in Iraq I see no problem with giving him some fatigues and a rifle and sending him out to take on ISIS personally. They might finally do what we’re too decent to do.

    • GUBU

      I would suggest that instead Mr Blair should convert to Islam and become the first Caliph of the newly established Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

      He seems eager to re-enter politics, but I doubt there is now a place for him in British life. On the other hand, he’s very keen to bomb people, they’re very keen to bomb people…the potential fit seems too good to ignore.

      And Alistair Campbell would really work wonders for ISIS’s media image. ‘Tough on apostasy, tough on the causes of apostasy’, anyone?

      Add the thought of Cherie condemned to the Burka for life….

      • Wessex Man

        The last sentence should earn you a nobel prize of some sort alone!

        • GUBU

          I also imagine there will be limited ‘Supermarket Sweep’ opportunities for Mrs Blair in her new home in Tikrit…

  • Blindsideflanker

    As Blair charges out his time by astronomical rates, I wonder if he will be sending the Government a pro forma invoice requesting payment for his unwelcome interference.

    Or may be he is doing it because his client list is looking a bit thin and trying to drum up a bit of business.

  • alabenn

    Time to use the secret family courts that Labour set up, this man has regressed to being an infant, take him away and have him secretly adopted by Saddams sister.

  • @PhilKean1

    .
    He has surfaced to try to justify what have turned out to be two catastrophic actions.

    (1) – Responding to UKIP’s Euro and Council election successes – by trying to justify his catastrophic decision to unconditionally sign Britain up to all things EU.

    (2) – Iraqi and Afghan wars that cost the lives of hundreds of British service personnel.

    The ONLY time I want to see his like showing their face in public is if we are ever lucky enough to bring to justice those people who so treacherously subjetced the British people to living under EU dictatorship.
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  • Bonkim

    Spot on – much water has flown under the bridge since the 2003 invasion. The situation is as it stands today and Blair is not helping by trying to justify his illegal actions then.

    It won’t be such a bad thing if ISIS realised their objectives – Assad in Syria is no lesser evil than ISIS in Iraq having killed off tens of thousands of Syrians and created many millions refugees. Violence is part of major political and social changes particularly in the region. The west should for once stop taking sides in the local power-play and help set up a workable solution which could involve a rational re-distribution of the territory based on practical politics and recognizing the historic Shia/Sunni/Khurish divide.

  • Jez

    The article by Boris today is probably the most professional and intelligent pieces delivered by him. It’s a game changer for him i think.

    Blair et al, will now find themselves more and more isolated until it will be an embarrassment to be associated with them.

    In 15 years hopefully there will be trials.

    • duyfken

      The comments on the Boris article should possibly carry more weight, especially that penned by “Moraymint”.

      • ButcombeMan

        The comments on the Boris article are being very heavily moderated. Boris can apparently say Blair is bonkers but punters cannot say he lied to Parliament and People.

        Is it too much to hope Chilcot will say that?

        • Jez

          It will be very interesting to see how this develops.

        • Fergus Pickering

          Blair lied toParliament and people. Let’s try it, shall we?

    • saffrin

      With a £10m taxpayer funded personal protection team to finance let it be sooner.

  • MirthaTidville

    I truely live in hope, that one day,this this egotistical maniac will end up gripping the dock rails in the Hague. It is the only place he deserves to be, with the amount of innocent blood that is on his deluded hands

  • anyfool

    There surely must come a time when people realise Blair is speaking on behalf of others, he is it appears, to be the mouthpiece of the Saudi`s, his every word seems to be in support of their objectives.
    ISIS or whatever name you give to them this week, is too all intents and purposes a creation of Saudi Arabia.
    There needs to be a clear out of all the current political leaders in the UK, Cameron and Miliband would, but for parts of their own parties have had our forces working alongside these sewer rats.
    Time to get people in charge who do the job for the interests of the country, not for profit like Blair.
    The heir to Blair should let the scales drop from his eyes in regards to this man.

    • Roger Hudson

      The House of Saud are an evil in the world, their paid creatures are as bad. We should isolate and sanction them .

  • Andy

    Blair is now so toxic he should see that there is no place for him in public life. He should retire to private life and doing good works. And he should strongly advise is son not to seek election.

    • Blindsideflanker

      No profit in doing good works.

    • telemachus

      Now just ponder this Andy
      What if he had done the decent thing and handed over to Gordon after 5 years
      *
      Bush hated Gordon and Iraq may never have occurred

      • Andy

        Gordon the Moron Brown would have f***ed up the entire world and not just the UK. He ought to be hanged for what he did to our country. And Bush got at least one thing right.

      • saffrin

        Brown was a patsy, he’d have crawled after Bush on his hands and knees begging for recognition.
        Brown should never have been allowed to happen, the man is an idiot.

        • Wessex Man

          didn’t Gord cook Obama’s breakfast for him once as that was the only place Obama could be bothered to meet him.

        • Kitty MLB

          Indeed Brown is the quintessential bonkers
          professor who created mayhem and destruction
          in the Downing Street laboratory with his
          little Lab assistants Ed &Ed eagerly watching
          and learning from the master.

        • telemachus

          Brown was the only one that could have stopped Blair ruining Iraq
          And now causing a conflagration that will destroy our understanding of balance in the Israel Iran continuum
          Are we seeing Armageddon?

          • saffrin

            As you mention Israel, this whole thing started when the jews invaded Palestine.
            And yes, it is all the fault the jews.
            Who TF do they think they are?
            It’s like going to war over the Moonies, a religious cult with no credibility.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        Insane rubbish as usual. The thought that an arrogant, bullying, incompetent coward like Brown might have got his wicked, unprincipled hands on this country even sooner is to horrible to contemplate. Blair’s second great failing after Iraq was not to sack that catastrophic oaf and thus preventing the worst prime minister in British history from ruining this country’s finances and the prosperity of so many of its citizens.

        • Kitty MLB

          Indeed could you just imagine the utter carnage
          if Brown had even more time for his apocalyptic
          agenda.
          Utterly agree, after Iraq, this was it.
          Was the serpent that was Blair so weak and
          afraid of that lunatic Brown.
          Blair couldn’t give a toss, he knew what Brown
          was like and he washed his hands and left us
          at his mercy.

          • Inverted Meniscus

            Didn’t he just.

          • Makroon

            Then he went to confession.

    • saffrin

      After he’s spent what’s left of his life in prison.

      • Fergus Pickering

        Co0me away, death. And in sad cypress let him be laid.

  • RavenRandom

    The invasion of Iraq was a terrible mistake, it led inexorably to the emergence of successive bands of nastier nutters, up to the present bunch ISIS who seem spectacularly evil. The causality is clear.
    The overthrow of a regime on false grounds has undermined trust in anything the government says. The only good thing to come out of it was that sowing of distrust probably kept us out of Syria, where we would have been fighting alongside these ISIS butchers. Yes that’s right the interventionists would have ISIS as allies.
    Sometimes when the problem’s too complicated and there is no right answer all you can do is help the wounded and contain the problem.

    • Mynydd

      Mr Cameron/Hague have given aid and material support to the rebels in Syria of which ISIS were known to be a part. Now we have a situation whereby Mr Cameron/Hague are supporting the rebels/ISIS against the government in Syria yet in Iraq they are supporting the government against the rebels/ISIS.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        This is a trolling Labour idiot. Please ignore.

        • Kennybhoy

          Actually, and it pains me to say it, that is a 100% accurate comment from Mynydd…

          • Inverted Meniscus

            The implication, typical of that scumbag, is that Cameron etc deliberately aided and abetted a terrorist group that is a filthy and disgusting lie.

            • Kennybhoy

              Our government IS supporting the Syrian opposition which includes ISIS.

    • Kennybhoy

      That last sentence is probably correct…

    • arnoldo87

      “….the interventionists would have ISIS as allies.”
      Not true. in 2011 when intervention was required there was no ISIS around, just the original rebels, who actually had the upper hand on Assad at the time.

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