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Tony Blair — the unloved one

21 July 2014

1:22 PM

21 July 2014

1:22 PM

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank.

The speech would have enraged the likes of Len McCluskey, in the unlikely event that he listened to it.

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Blair trotted out all the pleasing soundbites of the past. The ‘third way’ was, he said, ‘a hard-headed examination of the world as it really is.’ Progressive politics was ‘not a cast of policy but a cast of mind. It’s not a programme but a philosophy. It’s not time limited but perpetual.’ The audience drank of these comfy platitudes and were nourished.

Mr S, meanwhile, wondered what Ed Miliband, who has flown to America in pursuit of a photo-op with Barack Obama, made of it all. Blair’s words seemed to be infused with notes of criticism. He said that the financial crisis does not mean that the whole private sector is ‘contaminated’; the march of time and technology continues. ‘No political philosophy today will achieve support unless it focusses on individual empowerment, not collective control,’ he said. The left should ‘relax’ about a ‘certain convergence of thinking with the centre-right’. (If only the Prime Minister had the conviction to say this!)

Blair, winner of three elections, reminded the audience: ‘I only ever want Labour to win.’ One would have thought that the sentiment went without saying. Not in the Labour Party.

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  • sara

    Come to think of it, it probably hasn’t occurred to Blair that he has fallen from grace.
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  • sara

    I imagine Labour voters feel nothing but betrayal.
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  • jesseventura2

    Tony the phony will be haunted and hunted until Mustafa Jihad and his boys get the vermin and not only the muslims will be cheering?

  • mightymark

    All that really needs to be said here is that when (and it is a when and not an if) the Labour Party lose the next election it will eventually return to something very like Blairism/New Labour – because it is the only way a party of the left can go in a modern, advanced and in the main, prosperous Western society.

  • swatnan

    I was there, being a member of Progress. Tony still has that star quality and showmanship. of course the Blair years were time of plenty; there was an economic boom thanlks t Gordon. But all that was plunged into chaos by the greedy Bankers who brought the world to the brink.
    Tony defined progress as the Modernisers, the Third Way in Politics, and getting away from ideologies of Left and Right. Some say he drifted too far to the Right but Tony has always been Labour, but he could show it; It would be great if he would donate all those millions to Labour and clear its debts, and make it fighting fit for the Election to come which will probably be the dirtiest Lynton Crosby has conducted.
    I did ask him a question about Gaza and the Palestininians and suggested that the Two State solution is a dead duck and we should go for a One State Palestine. But he didn’t answer that one. Next Saturday we’re off to march on the Israeli Embassy just to make the point that they’re not getting away with murder.

  • bugshead

    Odious little s…. he should stay away

  • Lady Magdalene

    Unloved is putting it mildly. Hated is probably nearer the truth.

  • British dodgy dossiers

    Pinocchio is turning into a Greek tragedy.

  • sarahsmith232

    Why is there hardly anyone that knows that he didn’t win 3 elections. He won 2 and nicked the last one. He only got 35% in 2005, in ’10 the Tories got 36.7% but no majority. Reason why Blair got a majority with less was ’cause they’ve stitched the constituency boundaries up to their benefit. It’s even more so now, Tories couldn’t change them, the Lib Dems blocked it. The Tories need 40% to get a majority, Labour still only need their 35%. In 2005 he pursued a ‘35% strategy’ and won a majority, but only ’cause he stole that election.

    • British dodgy dossiers

      First pass the rotten American bedpost of disproportionate misrepresentation. Has everyone worked out why the Scottish system was excluded as an option in the electoral referendum we had?

      • rtj1211

        Because we would have voted for it??

      • sarahsmith232

        ‘Fraid I haven’t the foggiest. But yep, they are disproportionately over-represented. They’ve also worked out the because of their open-door (and the continuation of it under the Tories) there are 168 constituencies where the ethnic vote ‘will decide’ the outcome, i.e – will vote for them. So they’re aggressively targeting these places.

    • arnoldo87

      “Why is there hardly anyone that knows that he didn’t win 3 elections.”
      The answer is because he DID win three elections. It seems that you are the only one that thinks he only won two. The Labour share of the vote was larger than the Tories in second place – a win by anyone’s definition. The MAJORITY was larger because of the inbuilt advantage that Labour has by dint of the huge majorities the Tories have in the shires.
      And a political party cannot “stitch the constituency boundaries up for their own benefit”. It is all done by an impartial body that continually seeks to make the system as fair as it can be.
      This time the Lib Dems failed to support the boundary changes out of their pique over the Tory failure to introduce Lords reform. But Miliband made a bad mistake in not supporting the Tories. It was not only the morally correct thing to do, but if Miliband does win next year it will come back to haunt him in the next parliament.

      • sarahsmith232

        Ok dear, pretty much wrong on just about every single part of your post.
        With only 35% of the vote they should have been forced to enter into a coalition. They shouldn’t have got a majoiryt.
        Also, there’s no impartial body deciding, if there was then the Lib Dems couldn’t have scuppered the evening out of the boundaries.

        • arnoldo87

          It would be fascinating to hear your definition of an election victory. In this country it is the party that wins the biggest share of the vote that wins and accordingly gets first dibs at trying to form a government. Dave could have decided to go with a minority government in 2010, but decided not to.
          But his decision – as the winner.

          You could be saying that you can only win if you are able to form a majority. But – of course – on that definition Blair definitely won three consecutive elections.

          Or you could be saying that you can only win if you poll above a certain pre-specified % of the vote. If so what is it? But whatever it is, it means that virtually nobody in a mainland Europe election will ever win an election again, and that UKIP didn’t win the recent EU election in Britain.

          I didn’t say that an impartial body DECIDED. Of course Parliament decides, but the boundaries commission proposes the changes.

          Apart from getting all those things right I think I did get the rest of the post wrong.

  • The Masked Marvel

    It’s so amusing that, if not for the Iraq invasion, Blair would still be a beloved figure, especially at the BBC.

  • Kitty MLB

    Caliban slithers back to the country that he purposely destroyed
    to have a little word with the dark eyed vulture Milipede instead.
    That man with blood on his hands is nothing more than a egotistical, treacherous, deluded maniac and should be in prison
    and not have people listening to him.

  • Smithersjones2013

    The driving force behind the most rotten damaging government in British history. His words should be boycotted and he should be behind bars permanently!

  • beenzrgud

    After Blair’s term in office I became convinced that anyone wishing to stand in an election should be subject to PCL-R assessment. We don’t need any more psychos running the show !

    • Chris Morriss

      I’m an old man now, but in all my recollection I cannot think of another Prime Minister of the UK that I can truly call evil.

  • dado_trunking

    I love Bliar for doing the right thing and more than doubling the value of my homes.

    Does that policy sound familiar?

    • Inverted Meniscus

      Only to your army of gibberish spouting sock puppets laddie.

  • Peter Stroud

    Why should Obama wish to be photographed with Ed? Unless he mistakenly thinks he will be posing with brother David.

    • Louis McDarty

      Because Obama has read the YouGov polls which show Labour is on course for victory in 2015.

      • rtj1211

        And YouGov is owned by Peter Kellner who is, you’ve guessed it, a Labour Party supporter……

        • Lady Magdalene

          Lord Ashcroft’s polls are saying the same thing.
          UKIP on 17% in the latest one.

        • lojolondon

          Yes, and married to Miss EU herself. so YouGov polls always show UKIP weaker than the other polls, every single time. Follow the money – Simples.

  • Chingford Man

    Deport him.

  • Donafugata

    Not so much the unloved one, more like thoroughly hated.

    I resent every breath that so-and-so takes.

  • Lamplighter

    “International superstar”?

    More like international pariah. The most despised British politician in living memory.

    • Donafugata

      The Dr. Strangelove de nos jours.

    • NotYouNotSure

      The current batch are working hard to earn that title though.

  • Faceless Bureaucrat

    Meanwhile, speaking of Miliband’s American sojourn in search of of a photo-op with Obama, whatever happened to the much vaunted David Axelrod’s attempt to sprinkle Fairy Dust over Miliband and make Labour electable again?
    Has he quietly resigned from ‘Mission Impossible’?…

    • Louis McDarty

      Judge Axelrod’s skills after Labour has won.

      • AlecM

        Then we’ll never know…..:o)

      • saffrin

        Judge Axelrod will be long dead by then, even if he lives to one hundred.

      • Faceless Bureaucrat

        Errr…. I was under the impression that the appointment of ‘Axelgrease’ was to help Labour to win, not flounce in after a Labour Victory for a photo-op whilst brandishing his Invoice for ‘services rendered’…

  • lakelander

    What would it be like for a narcissist to have all that money but be hated?

    • tjamesjones

      I don’t hate him. I’d much rather have Tony Blair leading the labour party than Ed Miliband. The pundits love to hate, remember maggie.

      • John Lea

        The difference being that I could tell you exactly what Maggie stood for, whereas, with the Blair creature, well, the only real memories that remain from his time in office are the constant spin, lots of overrated speeches (invariably delivered with amateur actor pauses and hand gestures), a charming smile that lost its charm as the years wore on, a war on terror that he combined, strangely enough, with backhand deals with the IRA and Gaddafi. Oh, and Iraq – mustn’t forget his legacy, must we?

        • tjamesjones

          40p income tax rate, lower than the tories today, largely sensible school reforms which labour today weirdly oppose. sure you can list a lot of stuff for someone who is PM for 10 years but it’s naive to think there is anyone who could reign for 10 years without breaking quite a lot of eggs. I’d much rather tony blair than ed miliband.

          • GUBU

            There’s at least one member of the Milliband family who’d probably agree with every word you’ve written…

          • Wessex Man

            I’d rather not have either thanks.

            • telemachus

              But listening to your Faragian anti Cameron rants you clearly prefer them to Cameron
              *
              Of course we would all prefer Gordon

          • The Masked Marvel

            One is gratified to see people put down the War Criminal banner for a moment when it’s time to fight the good fight against those not of the Left.

          • Inverted Meniscus

            Brown/Darling cynically applied an increase to 50% 6 weeks prior to the election. The Tories, facing the usual socialist nutter protests, reduced it to 45% and so don’t paint this as a Tory tax increase.

            • tjamesjones

              paint it how you like IM, I pay more income tax today under the Tories than I did under Tony Blair.

              • Inverted Meniscus

                Then I suggest you write a thank you letter to Gordon Brown who increased the marginal rate to 50% and bequeathed a structural deficit of £168 Billion. That might explain why you are currently paying more tax. Although if you work in the public sector you are not paying any tax at all you are just recycling the tax paid by productive members of society in the private sector.

        • Donafugata

          Quite.

          Whether you agreed with her or not, Margaret Thatcher followed the instructions on the packet so you always knew what you were getting.

          I imagine Labour voters feel nothing but betrayal.

          • tjamesjones

            Charles Moore makes the point quite strongly in his biography that maggie’s firmness was in some cases a post hoc construction – in fact she could be very pragmatic. e.g. When Thatcher ‘came to overturn the post-war economic consensus she did so because she believed it had failed, not because she had never believed in it in the first place’ (p. 170)

            I don’t know how many people had massive changes in their response to Tony Blair. I always felt he was as good as we’d get in the labour party (which I’d never vote for). There is always a lot of noise made about falls from grace, but I never know how much of the shouting is done by people who were never actually fans in the first place. I’m surprised there are so many like that on this site.

            • arnoldo87

              On this site they don’t like him because he not only whipped the Tories three times, but caused their leader to (wisely) move the party away from the right into the more electable centre.

              They desperately hope that UKIP will re introduce the nasty party as it once was.

              But the hope is misplaced and Blair is right (yet again). The only way to power is to tread a centrist road.

              • tjamesjones

                yes so if you’re right arnoldo, it’s the usual faux indignation: people who never liked tony blair still don’t like him.

                • GUBU

                  I would suggest that someone who has never liked Tony Blair can hardly be guilty of faux indignation.

                  If you want evidence of that, you’d be better advised to look at those in the Labour party who only disowned Blair and his policies when the coast was clear.

              • Inverted Meniscus

                And yet the public perceive him to be utterly dishonest, greedy, narcisisstic and an enthusiast for illegal and bloody wars. Kindly note, I didn’t say he was those things but why is public perception so damning of this, according to you, flawlessly successful man?

                • arnoldo87

                  Public perception can be created by concerted campaigns of powerful factions who have an axe to grind against an individual. The left wing hate him because he supported an American President in a war. The right wing hate him because he was a successful Labour Prime Minister and made the Tory party move to the centre. The BBC hate him following the Hutton Report verdict.

                  This undoubtedly influences public opinion, but not, I suspect, as much as you think. Blair is still widely admired across Britain, and every time he speaks directly to the public more people remember what a great speaker and politician the man is. Even you, apparently, have not been taken in by the propaganda.

                  And I don’t think he is flawless. I am a Eurosceptic and an atheist, but the reason I defend him is that his motives on Iraq, in my mind, were honourable, and he has been the subject of a vicious and continuing hate campaign that is a quite deliberate distortion of the facts.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  I did enjoy the “even you” barb because like Blair you cannot resist the siren call of your own limitless vanity and sense of intellectual superiority. The Right don’t hate him indeed, only the left does hatred, they just tend to think he was wrong like most right of centre observers and are angry thet they fell for his melifluous charms. The suggestion, how delightfully messianic, that this man only has to speak to remind us all of his greatness is utterly hilarious and pitifully deluded. The British public be they left, right or centre perceive this man to be a vainglorious, greedy liar and those sentiments will not alter despite your protestations to the contrary.

                • arnoldo87

                  “only the left does hatred”
                  Really?
                  And that from a regular poster on this site!
                  Quite incredible.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Yes that is how you socialist nutters operate isn’t it lad? How much does the Labour Party pay you to troll on their behalf?

                • arnoldo87

                  Surely you meant “sanctimonious, hypocritical, gibberish spouting socialist nutter”

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  You really are very sinister laddie.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Yes he really interrogated the intelligence provided on WMD to the nth degree didn’t he?

                • arnoldo87

                  How, precisely, does a layman interrogate intelligence when the heads of the intelligence services have already interrogated and authorised the data?

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Ah you just accept what they say without question and ignore the possibility that the intelligence chiefs may have their own agenda or, God forbid, didn’t ask the right questions themselves. It’s called being Prime a Minister laddie. It’s your job to think up and ask penetrating questions and not say 9k then, let’s invade Iraq.

                • lojolondon

                  Pay attention – he sent the dossier back several times to insist on a more compelling conclusion. He is a lawyer, his job is in the detail. Hence he is culpable.

                • lojolondon

                  He destroyed the economy of Britain, as all Labour parties do. And he lied to get us into a war that you say ‘his motives were honourable’. And he treacherously manipulated the population of Britain to ensure Labour would always be in power. Liar, thief, cheat, crook. Apart from that he is a pretty straight kinda guy.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Prepare yourself for the biggest load of bullsh *t you will every experience when he responds.

                • lojolondon

                  I saw ReefKnot’s post – don’t feed the troll, so no more to him. I should have known – surely no-one can actually believe the claptrap he sprouts. My bad.

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  Oh he does. Tony Blair the much loved model of probity. Gordon Brown the brave financial Genius. Ed Balls the inventor of the most effective banking regulatory system ever devised. Trust me, the only characteristic which exceeds his deluded leftism is his monumental vanity.

                • arnoldo87

                  “And he treacherously manipulated the population of Britain to ensure Labour would always be in power”

                  Yes – I’d noticed that Labour won in 2010.

                  You’re an ace debater are you not?

                • lojolondon

                  Oops, probably a bit late for your bedtime, troll – let me explain what I mean and you can answer in the morning.

                  TB and GB totally screwed the economy, and sent us into a very unpopular war. They should and would have lost the next election, especially against the most wet, limp, BBC/Guardian-friendly Tory leader ever. But they stacked marginal seats with unemployable immigrants – left the outdated voting boundaries way past time – introduced and supported the very widely abused postal voting system – and so still didn’t actually lose the election.

                  Does that explain my comment to you?

                • arnoldo87

                  Listen – if you want to think Labour are “still in power”, you carry on, son.
                  Explain away to your hearts content.

              • disqus_KdiRmsUO4U

                quote:’But the hope is misplaced and Blair is right (yet again). The only way to power is to tread a centrist road’

                Getting power is one thing.
                Using it to accelerate the change to the population mix of the nation is another.
                It is very naive and the consequences will never go away.

                As for those who leap on the anti Iraq war bandwagon but approved at the time and even now refuse to acknowledge that it is sectarian Islamism at the root of the mass killing that is still going on… they are self righteous hypocrites.

              • Dr_TJ_Eckleberg

                Yes. Just like Maggie did. What b*llox.

                • arnoldo87

                  The centrist road is the route to power partly BECAUSE of what Maggie did.

              • lojolondon

                Note – ‘Centrist’ of the UK populations is about 100 steps to the right of all three parties and the MSM. Shut down the Biased BBC, and allow free speech once again.

            • Donafugata

              Come to think of it, it probably hasn’t occurred to Blair that he has fallen from grace.

              • Kitty MLB

                No indeed Blair would not think he’d fallen from
                grace. He just floates through the air of his
                ballooned self-esteem. Utterly oblivious to reality.

          • Kitty MLB

            Indeed Tony Blair utterly betrayed his core voters, the working classes, the people his party
            was supposed to support.
            He said ‘we are all middle class now’
            all he did had a detrimental effect on them the most.Labour utterly betrayed their own voters
            turning them into those insulting words ‘ under class’ preferring those from the middle east.

            Yet I understand Labour once had integrity,
            and all parties were loyal to their voters.
            This bunch must seem like political pygmies.

            • Donafugata

              On the 8th. May 1997 he echoed Attlee by humbly declaring that the Labour government were the servants of the people.

              Dear old Atters really believed it but it didn’t take too long before the venality manifest itself in TB.

          • Dr_TJ_Eckleberg

            “I imagine Labour voters feel nothing but betrayal.”

            Why? He spent all our money, then borrowed to the max and wasted the lot. He regulated business and industry to the point that it struggles to function. He packed the Upper House, the Quangos, and the Civil Service with Labour supporters. He destroyed our armed forces (though that is still Work-in-Progress). He encouraged unrestricted immigration by the unsuitable people in the world. He pandered to the EU. Sounds like a typical Labour leader to me.

        • rtj1211

          Blair stood for getting filthy rich by being a good little boy to people who were more powerful than him.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        Yes but she achieved things Blair didn’t.

    • telemachus

      I see jealousy seeping out of every pore
      When Blair was in charge we meant something on the world stage
      Do you imagine for a moment that we have the current sorry impasse in Ukraine with Tony at the helm?

      • Colonel Mustard

        Please see article on the origins of toe-rag ——–>

        “A term of abuse worth reviving”

        • telemachus

          I see
          “cant, pejorative, racist (obviously) version of the word Tuareg, a group of indigenous people encountered by soldiers serving in the north African campaigns.”
          It ill becomes you

          • Colonel Mustard

            Actually no. God knows where you got that from. Wiki-lies I should think. You should read the article. But of course you prefer a smear and your revisionist. politically contrived version instead.

            The word is English and the soldiers who confronted Tuaregs were, in the main, French and German. The number of Englishmen was so small that I doubt the word could have entered our language that way. Besides I would never use the word Tuareg as an insult.

            • telemachus

              Look at the article again
              In totality

              • Colonel Mustard

                As an exercise in logic Mr Arthur Thistlewood’s extraordinarily quaint assertion has several very large holes:-

                “The derivation suggested is, of course, correct. It misses an interesting semantic stream feeding into the meaning and use of the word, however. It had a fillip of popularity after the 2nd World War and lasting into the 1960s but at that time had acquired a new denotation (in the minds of the users): the existing word was re-used as a cant, pejorative, racist (obviously) version of the word Tuareg, a group of indigenous people encountered by soldiers serving in the north African campaigns. (The soldierly process of vulgar comic misrepresentation is the same one used to produce ‘Wipers’ from ‘Ypres’ in the 1st World War.)

                Thus, for people using the word after the war, it meant something new – the meaning, or the referent, had changed and the user did not have in mind pieces of cloth.”

                How he knows what it meant to its users as a verbal pejorative is beyond comprehension, the Tuareg or even Arab population of the UK post-war being rather tiny. Since the Tuareg warrior was mainly encountered by soldiers of French or German nationality its importation as an English corruption seems most unlikely. I doubt many people in 1960’s Britain even knew what a Tuareg was.

                But trust you to do a sneaky, out of context cut and paste to contrive a sly smear, eh?

              • Inverted Meniscus

                Stop lying. In totality.

      • GUBU

        Perhaps Mr Blair could provide his undoubted reputational management skills to these separatist/rebel chappies – they seem like his type of clients.

        All for a very reasonable fee, of course.

        • telemachus

          I mean leadership
          Leadership of a nation
          We have lacked that these last 4 years

          • GUBU

            I would suggest that Mr Blair’s departure was a win-win for all concerned.

            We haven’t invaded anyone in four years.

            Meanwhile, Mr Blair has been free to continue formenting war in the Middle East without the attendant burdens of office.

            All for a very reasonable fee, of course.

            • arnoldo87

              “We haven’t invaded anyone in four years”

              Yes – remind me how the Syrian non-invasion is progressing, following its spill over into Iraq.

              • GUBU

                Yes, if only we could have got directly involved in that conflict. Actual invasions are always much jollier affairs, aren’t they?

                Never mind, you can at least console yourself with the thought that there are some British boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq. They are on the feet of the hundreds of so-called ‘jihadis’ who have travelled from the UK to act out their murderous creed at the expense of the locals.

                Are they too not the heirs of Blair?

                • arnoldo87

                  And of course, you fret daily about the fate of “the locals”, don’t you?

                • Inverted Meniscus

                  No only sanctimonious leftists do that.

              • rtj1211

                It’s progressing without the loss of British lives or the waste of taxpayers’ money. It’s being funded by the Saudis, who are quite rich enough to fund their own wars, thank you very much.

            • telemachus

              The problem is he has no executive authority
              Remember Gleneagles 2005
              Blair dominated the other 7 world leaders who looked pygmies in comparison
              A Nation is nothing if it cannot walk tall
              Stalin knew that
              Putin is learning that

              • ReefKnot

                Please don’t respond to Telemachus. He is a well practiced troll and will only divert the thread or lead it onto his own agenda.
                Please don’t respond to him.

                • Andy

                  He is a fully paid up member of the Fascist Labour Party.

              • rtj1211

                Norway and Switzerland seem to do very happily without ‘walking tall’.

                They got over their pathetic little dominance complexes decades, if not centuries ago.

                It’s only pre-adolescent tribesmen/women who have to ‘walk tall’ to feel adequate.

                Real men and women can feel adequate doing the right thing for their people, be they rich, comfortably off or in poverty.

              • disqus_KdiRmsUO4U

                telemachus…UK…walk tall..
                That’s worth so my lols cyber space couldn’t support them all.

            • rtj1211

              Well, at least somebody else is paying for it.

          • rtj1211

            The only leadership we had under Blair was that of the pimp running the whorehouse on behalf of the mafia Godfather over the water……..

      • lakelander

        I hope I’m not jealous.

        Had he not misled us over Iraq, neither allowed the unfettered immigration he would have been tolerable.

        • Kitty MLB

          You are not jealous. Blair’s actions in regards
          to Iraq (as well as the lost lives) have left us
          vulnerable to attack. And his multiculturalism
          was an excuse to turn Great Britain a haven
          for those escaping their God forsaken homes
          in the desert and move to the land of milk and
          honey.

      • lojolondon

        What?? you make me laugh!
        Respect on the international front?? “Yo Bliar” sums it all up. The situation in Ukraine would be exactly the same if TB was in charge, remember Yugoslavia?

    • saffrin

      It’s about time he paid for his own personal protection team.
      That would keep the bas*ad indoors.

      • dado_trunking

        Dear oh dear – Juncker parachuted into pauwa of the dark side followed by a badger cull Gove/Hague/Paterson-style.

        Obi Wan Bliar, you are our only hope!

        • saffrin

          Yeah, that’s what the jews said.

          • dado_trunking

            Look dude, I don’t know why you are all huffing and puffing.

            Tell me, who was Robin Cook? Why didn’t you listen?

            He knew. That GREEN foreign secretary Joschka Fischer knew. Everyone knew. Why do you pretend you didn’t?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k_QbpFl7RM
            (Fischer vs Rumpsfeld fun and games – 35,146 views)

            • Inverted Meniscus

              They all know about your army of gibberish spouting sock puppets lad.

    • Wessex Man

      Like he doesn’t give a s***!

    • rtj1211

      As long as he isn’t hated by the people who pay him, do you think he gives one flying fart?

  • Holby18

    Superb speech from a one time leader. He demonstrates too easily how bereft we are of leadership from the current lot.

    • Louis McDarty

      New Labour was right for its time. Now it’s time for One Nation Labour to win Britain.

      • Colonel Mustard

        Old Labour
        New Labour
        One Nation Labour

        How many times is that polished turd going to be re-invented and inflicted on us? It’s like a serial wife beater in denial about his behaviour and turning up with a bouquet and a promise to be nice this time.

        • dado_trunking

          I knew it would not take you long to realise that Bliar is of course the true heir to FATCHA.

        • Andy

          Old Labour
          New Labour
          One Nation Labour

          Same old Fascists.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        And bankrupt us properly you mean. It’s about time you socialist nutters stopped spending other people’s money and trying to regulate people’s lives.

        • Louis McDarty

          If Tony Blair’s a socialist, then why did the anti-socialist Murdoch newspapers (The Sun, The Times) and other rightwing press support New Labour for all those years?

          • rtj1211

            Tony Blair is a Thatcherite, he just spun it that he was jovial little fellow.

            New Labour internecine warfare made Norman Tebbitt seem like a reception class teacher.

          • Inverted Meniscus

            Because they like selling newspapers and making money. Sadly, you socialist nutters only know how to waste other people’s money. Why don’t you have a go at creating wealth for a change and leaving people alone to run their own lives.

    • John Lea

      Yes, those blighted chaps in the Middle East are lucky to have the blessed Tony around, to sort out all their sectarian problems.

      • Donafugata

        Judging by the state of the Middle East today why is Toady Bliar still getting paid?

      • rtj1211

        He’s doing a grand job for the Gazans, to be sure……

      • arnoldo87

        Very true – if only we could return to those halcyon days of peace in the Middle East before Blair was around.

  • anyfool

    Philip Gould Memorial Lecture
    How much more debased and divorced from reality can these politician become, a memorial lecturer for a spin doctor!, or to put it another way Professional Liar, just like the man who gave it.

    • Louis McDarty

      New Labour won three general elections in a row. The Tories were duffed up big time!

      Well done to Philip Gould for revolutionising British politics.

      • GUBU

        Labour would have not done as well as they did in the 2010 general election if they had still been led by Tony Blair. Discuss.

        • arnoldo87

          They would have done better than under Gordon.

          • GUBU

            Of course they would…

            You seem very enamoured with Mr Blair. Is your name Wendi, by any chance?

      • Donafugata

        Had nul-labour been honest about their intentions they wouldn’t have been elected, not once.

        You surely don’t imagine that any old-school Labourite would have wanted what happened. The whole manifesto was a bunch of lies.

  • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

    The Third Way of course was Mussolini’s way too. Blair is a slimeball vampire (and I don’t mean the new trendy ones on that appear to be in a plethora of recent TV/films). And if Miliband thinks being with Obama will improve his image it just shows how way-off he really is.

    • Louis McDarty

      Then why do Cameron, Osborne and Gove refer to Blair as the “The Master”?

      • Tim Reed

        They presumably admire his ability to affect that smarmy and entirely artificial facade of gravitas that is the preserve of so many amongst the political class these days.

        Cameron, Clegg, Miliband – all empty lightweights, trying hard to be pretend to be statesmen.

      • rtj1211

        Because the Israelis told them to??

      • arnoldo87

        Because they recognise class when they see it.

      • Inverted Meniscus

        Because it would have been better for the country if the swine had appeared on Doctor Who rather than appointing a lunatic as Chancellor of the Exchequer, “rubbing our noses” in his immigration policies and embroiling us in foreign wars with no plan for the aftermath and sending our soldiers into battle without the proper equipment.

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