There are some things the world could really do without – war, poverty, slavery, famine, fascism, religious fundamentalism, Gary Barlow’s Saturday night talent show, ‘Let it Shine’, and, to be blunt, the chubby, tax-evading Tory balladeer himself. Add to that list the return of Tony Blair. Like a stubborn genital wart that no amount of medicated ointment will ever truly extinguish, Blair is back. Just when you thought everything that could ever be said about Tony Blair had been said, here is is again. We’ve all been waiting for the Messiah to deliver us from evil, haven’t we? Just look at how the world has degenerated in the decade since he waved goodbye to Downing Street; yes, as long as we conveniently forget how awful the first seven years of the twenty-first century were, something Tony had a considerable hand in. How have we coped without him?
Tony’s been keeping himself busy since 2007, of course. He was a highly successful Middle East Peace Envoy, which was a bit like putting Harold Shipman in charge of a retirement home; he set up his Faith Foundation, which has served to bring the world’s religions together under one harmonious multi-faith umbrella; he has enjoyed the regular hospitality of numerous tin-pot despots presiding over some of the globe’s worst human rights abuses; he has raked in millions by giving glorified after-dinner speeches at exclusive corporate events; and he has remained utterly in denial that he ever did anything wrong throughout his lengthy career in the public eye. What a guy!
However, his post-2007 life has taken him away from the Great British Public, an evident emotional wrench that was destined to take its toll on his conscience; Tony knew we’d struggle without the wisdom of his guiding hand, and how we’ve struggled! Just look at last summer. The subconscious call went out to the wilderness that we needed rescuing from the folly of our actions on June 23 2016, and lo and behold, witness the Resurrection. Tony has come back to lecture us on where we went wrong, why we went wrong, and how we can fix it so that we’re reunited with his own worldview. Oh, praise the Lord!
From his natural home in the City of London, Mr Blair has taken the opportunity to stage his great comeback by making a speech to pro-Europe group Open Britain, a speech that he himself announced as being part of a ‘mission’ – yes, an important word, that. Had Blair been born a century earlier, I’ve no doubt he would have been a Christian Missionary, dispatched to the African colonies to educate the natives and show the savages the error of their ways. Make no bones about it – that’s exactly what he’s doing now; and we are the Fuzzy-Wuzzies.
We must rise up and change our minds on Brexit! Tony says that ‘this is the beginning of the debate’, though I thought that was the actual day we voted. Pro-Europeans need to build a movement, says Tony, one that cuts across party lines; as if to emphasise this crossbench unity, ex-Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg proclaimed he agreed with every word Tony spoke. Tony’s old party colours were revived when he had a go at the Government, stressing that Brexit would blind the Tories to all the other issues concerning the country, such as the NHS and education; that these vital elements of society are up shit creek largely due to the way Blair’s administration changed them for the worst has obviously eluded Tony. But accepting responsibility for the God-awful mess he left our once-cherished institutions in is not something anybody would ever expect from Tony Blair.
It is our right to change our minds and it is Tony’s mission to persuade us to do so. The decision to vote Leave was based on ‘imperfect knowledge’ – whether ours or that of those who planned the referendum wasn’t stated; but if we don’t succeed in overturning the decision, Tony warns we will suffer ‘a rancorous verdict from future generations’ – possibly along the same lines as the rancorous verdict Tony himself can look forward to when his own record in office is scrutinised by those same future generations. When taking a break from his globe-trotting jaunts of the past decade, Tony’s time back in Blighty has been spent in the company of rich, detached-from-reality men like himself, so he should know all about the factors that prompted the ignorant masses to vote Leave, shouldn’t he?
The speech has prompted predictably scathing responses from the current crop of politicos, many of whom, to be frank, provoke similar nausea in me as Tony himself does – Boris, Nigel and IDS being especially vocal. But that was to be expected. After Thatcher, Tony Blair is the most divisive Prime Minister this country has produced since the Second World War; and as with Maggie, the majority that decries him and the damage he did are accompanied by a minority who still believe he was up there with the greats; the parallels with Mrs T are relevant in their case too, for the Blair believers are the ones who did alright out of his reign – i.e., not me and thee.
In some respects, one cannot help but marvel at an individual whose brass-neck and unswerving faith in his own righteousness renders him completely deaf to any valid criticism of him personally and of the policies he embarked upon both at home and abroad during his tenure at No.10; that he can still take to the stage and deliver a lecture that tells us why we wrong and why he is right, after everything that has been done in his name, takes some bloody nerve.
But watching an ageing deluded sociopath in action has an undeniable car-crash appeal that is quite shameful if ultimately irresistible. It’s the same reason why millions tuned into live TV programmes on which Oliver Reed was a guest in the 80s and 90s – so let Tony keep doing it, oblivious to the real reasons why anybody might be listening. That’s entertainment.
© The Editor
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It is some clear measure of the desperation of his EU masters that they recognise the logical argument is lost, so they have now gone nuclear and launched their ‘final solution’, their ultimate weapon, the ICBM, the ‘Intra-Continental Blair Machine’, outrageously expensive and guaranteed to cause mayhem, destruction and despair wherever it explodes.
With luck, it will go the same way as the recent Trident test and drop harmlessly into the ocean, lost without trace – a bit like their fanciful notion of a European Superstate.
As for the arrogant, pontificating Blair, a leopard’s spots never change and we all know what his game is.
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Sorry, can’t agree. This blog-post strikes me a series of classic ad hominems, as does Mudplugger’s comment (“a leopard’s spots never change”, “we all know what his game is” – what does that even mean? Are you trying to imply that successful and powerful people are interested in power and money – so what? What of it? We hold these truths to be self-evident, no? )
You are attacking Blair’s record, or more accurately your personal view of it, and not his arguments on this issue.
I won’t dispute what you say in the second paragraph; that was precisely what I intended. Basically, I had a very brief window yesterday and it was either this or no post at all, and venting my spleen re Tony could be written relatively quickly.
Don’t draw back, Pet. We’re allowed to provoke and we’re allowed to disagree, that’s why we’re here.
My own addition was targeted at the reasons for Blair’s sudden return from his wealthy wilderness and the decision to launch, or be launched, on this issue. Blair is a pro, he does nothing without a reason and a strategy, his repeated success at making chaotic Labour electable proved that – his belated entry into the Brexit debate cannot be viewed without analysis of his motivation. What Blair says is never as significant as why he says it and this is just another example for those prepared to read behind the lines, but clearly missed by those who don’t.
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No idea about that piece till I just clicked on it now; but I suppose the odds are a figure such as Blair and an issue such as this will occasionally provoke the same response.
Re the Speccy piece, Brendan O’Neill is a professional contrarian. This time last year he was arguing just as passionately in favour of Irish unity and the ideals of the 1916 rebels. Of course, as he well knows, a ‘hard Brexit’ makes Irish unity further away than ever.
How does he square that circle? He doesn’t, of course. Because, as I say, he’s a professional contrarian.
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An alternate view is that Brexit, however ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, may actually help to hasten Irish unity.
The Unionists, now forced to consider the relative merits of UK or Eire dispassionately, may come to the conclusion that they’d be better off under Eire/EU rule across a transparent land-border than from a remote Brexit Westminster across the sea.
There is no doubt that, between the lines of the Good Friday Agreement, there was an expectation/objective that Irish unity would occur at some point, if only due to predictable demographic changes over time – why else would the IRA sign-up and disarm? The surprise opportunity created by Brexit may just bring that target event a decade or so closer.
If their standard knee-jerk rhetoric could be put away for a moment, this is a solution and a pace which both sovereign governments would privately like to encourage.
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Points taken Mudplugger, there is merit to that argument.
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Incidentally, on the Brexit/Irexit thing –
If you want my view, the Irish economy, the much vaunted ‘Celtic Tiger’, is built on a massive tax scam. Always has been. Mr Heffer knows this. Mr Mulhall either doesn’t, or pretends not to.
All very interesting! I suggest that the red-haired fella that writes for the Torygraph is probably on the ball.
Blair is a sociopath. His agenda is
to destroy the nation states of Europe, and replace them with a self appointed political “elite” of people like him, who support him, who “know best”. he had scant regard for Parliament as a politician or prime minister, and he has scant regard for democratic process. For scant, read – only to the extent that it might be useful to him. However, although my “time line” in social media may be a little unrepresentative, my sense is that he has been rumbled, and is one of the most reviled men in the country.
In a slightly aside note, the ex footballer turned pundit and crisp salesman Gary Lineker weighed in with his two ‘penneth on Twitter, with a tweet to broadly the following effect; “Well, I whatever my reservations about Tony Blair, and there are many, he does make a valid point about a second Brexit referendum.”
This was seized on and ridiculed mercilessly by the Merry Wags of Twitter (hey, that’s actually quite good) with many parody versions. The best and most tasteless involved Fred West and Harold Shipman, eg
“Well, whatever my reservations about Fred West, and there are many, he couldn’t half lay a good patio”.
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