Blair on Brown’s “Darkness” & “Lies”. No denial yet.

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    7th June, 2009

    I’ve given Mr Blair time for his denials over his “thoughts to friends” on Gordon Brown.  That’s what usually happens when reports are inaccurate. But from Mr Blair’s Office has emanated silence. So I have had to conclude that these may well be his true thoughts on his successor.

    Tony Blair always said he would not be a backseat driver nor a voice offstage on Brown’s premiership. No-one can deny that he has stuck faithfully to that principle, with only the occasional (leaked) comment.

    So, if silence is golden, it seems that there may be some nuggets of truth in this report at the Daily Mail yesterday:

    ‘Tony Blair believes Gordon Brown’s political future is doomed because of ‘the darkness in his heart’ and his ‘lies’ – and feels Mr Brown has no one to blame but himself.

    The former Prime Minister’s devastating verdict on his successor is a blow to Mr Brown’s hopes of surviving further moves to topple him, expected this week.

    Publicly, Mr Blair has kept out of the row. However, The Mail on Sunday can disclose that privately he shares the view held by Labour rebels that Mr Brown will lead the Party to a disastrous defeat at the next Election.’

    If these are Mr Blair’s thought, it adds to the widespread opinion/feeling that Brown for all his dedication to the country and his party may well be ‘psychologicaly unfit’ for the job.

    The article continues:

    ‘In a damning verdict on Mr Brown’s character, Mr Blair said of the Prime Minister recently: ‘The darkness in his heart and the lies will be his downfall.’

    The “darkness“? That’s eerily reminiscent of Ann Widdecombe’s “something of the night” which helped bring down Michael Howard. Mr Blair’s “lies” comment is noteworthy, and not only because we were led to believe that the previous prime minister had a propensity to lie, while the son-of-the-manse floated innocently above such depths.

    Perhaps it’s payback time for Brown’s silence when Blair was accused of lying. The article goes on:

    ‘Friends of Mr Blair say he has been ‘saddened’ by Mr Brown’s performance and believes that he has failed to show the necessary leadership or policies.
    ‘Gordon’s performance has confirmed Tony’s reservations about his suitability to be PM,’ said one source.
    ‘He hoped he would be a success and has tried to support him and offered what advice he can. But he always feared Gordon may not have the right temperament or character to do the job and that’s how it has turned out.’

    ‘Another source close to Mr Blair claimed Mr Brown’s wounds were ‘self-inflicted’. He added: ‘Tony’s view is that Gordon has brought this all on himself. He spent years plotting against Tony and is in no position to complain now that it is happening to him. The people trying to get him out learned how to do it from Gordon’s people. It takes a moment to inject the poison, but years to drain it.’

    Schadenfreude from the seriously damaged, if not quite dead former PM?

    And …

    ‘Cabinet rebels, led by former Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell – a close friend and ally of Mr Blair – have strenuously denied that the former Prime Minister is involved in the attempted coup against Mr Brown.
    But the revelation that he has expressed such a withering assessment of Mr Brown’s personal and political prospects will be seized upon by the Prime Minister’s allies as evidence of disloyalty by Mr Blair.’
    ‘The bitter remark about Mr Brown’s ‘lies’ stems from a series of rows the pair had during the Blair years. Mr Blair repeatedly claimed in private that Mr Brown did not always tell him the truth.’

    So the disloyal who brought Blair down will complain of disloyalty to Brown. Such pot/kettle/black accusations if they come, could result in MORE revelations of ‘lying’, and not exactly helpful to Mr Brown.

    Ed-Balls

    Ball "went nuclear" with Mandelson, blaming him for stopping Ball's elevation to the Chancellor's job.

    And that reminds me – where is Balls these days? As with Blair in his hour of need, the supposedly right-hand man is all but invisible.

    Ahh! Here he is – Balls at war with Mandelson while more female Cabinet Ministers consider quitting. WHAT? Already?

    More here

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    European Election Results Due & Brown’s Cabinet  – “disunited”?

    Oh, and just as a by the way, John Rentoul writes on the poll a few days ago which shows that 53% of Labour members think Labour would be more likely to win a FOURTH election with Tony Blair as leader. Great fun, isn’t it?

    If Gordon falls despite your best efforts Lord Mandelson, do you think you can swing this one? For the sake of the country and party, you understand.

     




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    8 Responses to “Blair on Brown’s “Darkness” & “Lies”. No denial yet.”

    1. Dalena Says:

      A good concise article. It is great to at least have some optimism that Blair and Brown’s complete contempt for the UK electorate will be brought into prominence at last. I personally have no personal agenda with either of these people and know that they surely must be haunted by their own actions as they lay with their heads on pillows. Yes there probably would be those who wish it were chopping blocks, but the fact that we the public can see that they know, we know what they have done is actually rather satisfying in itself. I do however feel very strongly that there has been a descent towards constant spin, propaganda and half truths. Unfortunately there are swathes of the UK public who do not have internet access and cannot find a medium through which to voice their real concerns. The lies of Blair and Brown, will it seems be the greatest legacy of a Labour government that had an opportunity to do a lot of good with all it has had at its disposal. They failed us miserably.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        And, Dalena, the greatest spinners of all? Those in the press with a political agenda.

        I make it clear here throughout that my agenda is simply to try to balance the anti-Blair mood across the internet and in such as the politically motivated Daily Mail.

        I belong to no party but I believe Blair was good for this country and a great, yes GREAT Prime Minister.

        You want to see “failure”? Were you around at the end of the Thatcher/Major era?

        If we really want to see corruption in politics, we need to move out of Britain, probably one of the cleanest countries in the world for its politics.

        You know what always makes me smile? The fact that in polls about 80% of people think it’s alright to lie to get their way at work and in relationships. And yet here we have politicians pilloried for what seems to come naturally to them – (aren’t they ALL liars acording to the press?) – and for what seems to be part of human make-up.

        Lies?

        Honestly.

        What do we want – superman? Sorry, they shot him into outer space, two years ago.

    2. Dalena Says:

      Well it’s all a little subjective depending upon one’s own interpretation in respect of Mr Blair and his cohorts. I am not one to be manipulated by the media and therefore like to get my facts straight if possible.

      Having visited a number of countries around the world, I agree that our politicians are better than many found elsewhere. I don’t wholly agree that such a statement negates the responsibility of our own to at least act with some measure integrity.

      Yes I am familiar with much of what occurred in the Thatcher years and know the misery of people being hounded over their poll tax.
      I also remember how Thatcher would be content to dish it out to the masses and stand up and be counted. To an extent Blair had the front to do similar and actually carry through his agendas. No doubt he was head and shoulders above the troll that is Gordon Brown.

      I am personally no saint but do at least try to act with integrity and honesty. Saying that 80% of people think it’s OK to get their way at work and in relationships, is still not a good enough excuse in my eyes for acting in a way that is totally self serving.

      Blair either lost the plot or he grasped it half way through his tenure as PM. Yes he is a hard act to follow and could have achieved some great things had it not been for his own agenda getting in the way.

      I guess we all have to agree to disagree upon some aspects of the man Blair and what is construed as his greatness or his self obsession, as a fine line divides the two.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Thanks Dalena, for your intelligent contributions.

        I know I may be considered a little odd supporting Blair in such a determined way. I think a lot of it is to do with his constant traducement by so many who understand so little about politics, and yet think they understand it all. When they are shown to be wrong politically, they then descend into character assassination. To me that says more about his enemies than about Blair.

        My reason for pointing out the 80% who lie (in polls) was not meant to defend Blair. I do not accept that he lied – well, no more than the usual politician! The F1 business was a bad misjudgement and I could never understand why he thought he could get away with that advertising exemption.

        My reason for pointing out the lying thing was that it seems most people lie and yet they accuse politicians as though they are unique.

        But I do not contend that Blair is some kind of angel. Just that he is not some kind of devil either.

        Mistakes have been made, but I think he has been more sinned against than sinner. For instance the “honours” business was nonsense, imho, and the police droppped pursuit after 19 months when they realised they would lose in court. Blair knew his ground there.

        I think he did achieve great things, btw. HE will go down in history as the PM who brought peace to Northern Ireland after decades, centuries even of conflict. He led the Americans to pursue Christian ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Kosovo. He went into Sierra Leone and stopped the barbarism there.

        And at home it was HE who brought devolution to these islands, for good or ill. Minimum wage, the PFI, more money into schools and hospitals than ever before. Whether it has all worked or not is another issue! But I think Blair did plenty of good.

        I also think Iraq was the right thing to do. And I know that the Tories, who voted for the invasion, would have done the same even though their paper, The Mail, has Blair in their sights daily over Iraq.

        Hypocrisy in print, the Mail, imho.

        As for this:

        I guess we all have to agree to disagree upon some aspects of the man Blair and what is construed as his greatness or his self obsession, as a fine line divides the two.

        Geatness is something others construe and label one with, or not.

        Self-obsession is one’s own, regardless of others.

        I don’t think there is a line of any sort, nor are they linked. They are apples and ashtrays. Completely different. But then, as you say, we can’t all agree on everything.

    3. Dalena Says:

      Nope, we can’t all agree on everything. That’s actually one very endearing quality that we have as a strength to enable us collectively to sort the chaff from the wheat.

      I do however agree that Blair’s time as PM was not wholly what I think to be discordant with ideals that I consider to be of importance. You have rightly pointed out some of the positive things he achieved, although I’d be inclined to give some credit to John Major in respect of Ireland.

      We are moving into troubling times which will test the structure we currently take for granted to its breaking point. The global balance is shifting in a fundamental way. We are all at some point going to have to accept that much of what we have taken for granted is going to alter. Resentment of those in authority because of unprecedented access to the inner workings of the system put in place by the ruling class is eroding that structure which has kept us in a state of relative stability.

      I don’t see that there is any time left for trying to balance a perception of any politician, as the platform is already occupied those who have the most to gain from such balancing. Unfortunately they are making a pig’s ear of it and jeopardising their ability to govern. That’s actually a sign of the success of our style of democracy, as there are places where populations would simply be intimidated and fall back into line.

      And finally back to where I began in this reply. Diversity, diversity in how different groups of people aspire to position themselves globally and how they see themselves in relation to other groups. Of course not all populations have leaders that reflect all the aspirations of those they represent. It is in everyone’s power to have an opinion and as long as they don’t expect it to be a universal one, there will always be room for debate.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Debate is good, Dalena. Sadly ignorant intransigence and vile nastiness often predominates on the internet, especially as far as politicians are concerned.

        As for Northern Ireland, I am sure Major had some important input and helped set the tone, but I have seen SO many people praising Blair over it and saying that it simply would never have happened without him. He spent 40% of his first year on the issue and it still took 10 years to work through.

    4. Dalena Says:

      Yes, I agree totally that there is a lot of nastiness in respect of politicians on the internet. I think that if one has to resort to that manner of putting a point across it often negates the strength of an argument.

      I hope your efforts with this site serve you well, as you seem to have conviction and a degree of openness to persuasion; providing there is evidence to support a view that might differ in some respects to your own.

      You have raised some points and done so in a way that is compelling, regardless of whether they are in accord with my own or otherwise. We have not resorted to personal point scoring and yet have both aired some of our views.

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