Comment at end
24th January, 2010
MR BLAIR, IF YOU’RE STILL UP, HOW ARE YOU FEELING TONIGHT?
Yes, I asked him how he was feeling.
I know it goes against everything that many assume – that he feels anything about anything or anyone – but assuming he IS human, Tony Blair must be feeling low right now. Not just because of his upcoming Iraq Inquiry appearance – and yes, if you’re interested, I AM going to use my ticket after all next Friday afternoon, if only to face down the Stop-The-War gang.
Mr Blair will be feeling down because of this:
I met him once when I was working on an early edition of my biography of Blair, before he was elected. He was an engaging man, and modest about the formative effect he had had on the future prime minister when they were at Oxford University. Thomson was a postgraduate student at St John’s College, who had more money than most undergrads, so Blair and several of his friends gravitated to his room for cigarettes and coffee.
According to Thomson, Blair “wasn’t really a Christian” when they met, and Blair said:
It was under Thomson’s influence that Blair chose to be confirmed in the Church of England in his second year.
Thomson returned to Australia while Blair was Prime Minister, after trying for a while to live in two countries at once. I had an email exchange with him after Blair stood down, and had long meant to ask him what he made of his friend’s conversion to Roman Catholicism.
Now I can’t.
Life is short … too short, no matter how long.
I know it won’t do much to soothe the feelings of loss any of us feels when an important figure in one’s life is no more. Nonetheless, the comments below may bring Mr Blair some comfort tonight, with his mind also naturally on issues of deep concern to him and to today’s judgemental and unforgiving press.
The ordinary people don’t all feel (that word again) like the press think they should, Mr Blair, believe me.
Readers can see the Ban Blair-petition signatures here. Please sign and leave a kindly comment if you will.
Comments from the Ban Blair-Baiting petition ( 322 as I write)
I am totally opposed to any baiting of anybody in the public domain or not. The level and wickedness of getting at Tony Blair in the press tells us what a good man he really is. I am not fond of David Cameron but would I would never join any campaign to down him, except to work hard fairly to keep him out of No 10.
MEDIA SUPPORTED STOP-THE-WAR FOR YEARS
Why aren’t the media up there facing the music, too? We ought to start with the BBC as self-appointed jeer-leaders frothing for over seven years on behalf of the Stop-the-War Coalition.
THE GREATEST – EVER
Tony Blair..The greatest PM, us, British has ever had
NO PLACE FOR PERSONAL ATTACK
there is no place in a modern political arena for this type of personal attack
SHOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED
I believe this should have been stopped a long time ago.
MEDIA, HEARING WHAT IT WANTS TO HEAR
I feel that the media is not interested in finding out the real truth in the IRAQ enquiry just what it wants to hear
It is important for democracy that any media demonisation of Tony Blair and Labour with regards the Iraq enquiry be checked until the results of the enquiry are published….I would say the same if the Tories were in a similar predicament.
Media combine with anti-war: see how biased coverage of Campbell testimony was.
HATRED & VICIMIZATION – STOP PERSECUTING ONE INDIVIDUAL
With the level of hatred & victimisation that Tony Blair has been put through I am surprised that anyone is willing to be Prime Minister of Britain!!
If you want peace then you must work for it and the persecution of one individual isn’t the way to achieve it.
CAMPAIGN TO DENIGRATE WHOLE LABOUR PARTY – EXPOSE IT
It is a campaign not merely to denigrate Tony Blear but to undermine the whole party in the run up to the General Election. We must expect more of this type of activity from the Tories and their supporters and be prepared to expose it.
“WAR CRIMINAL” JIBES A DISGRACE
It is fantasy to call Blair a war criminal. Its wrong and a disgrace on our society to label a man who put the interest of this country first.
A FINE LEADER
Nobody can assume they would not reach the same conclusion with Iraq and its why Blair was a leader and a fine one at that.
The Best PM this Country had. Shame on the media.
UNTRUTHFUL MEDIA. WATCHING THE SAME INQUIRY?
I watch the inquiry every day on-line and also see press/media cover and must say I wonder if we have been watching the same thing?I despair of ever having a truthful press/media in this country again!!
TRIAL BY MEDIA
Been a huge supporter for the last 12 years. Had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions and have worked for him in the past too. It’s the most unbalanced debate against Tony Blair I have ever seen. The anti war mob seem to be on a crusade to prove Tony lied so it doesn’t matter if there were a million Iraq enquiries, they are willing to believe all the evidence against Tony and dismiss anything that suggests otherwise. This is trial by media & totally unfair! http://www.tony-blair.org
ACCUSERS IGNORING ALL EVENTS PRIOR TO 2002-3
I find it significant that almost all the accusers of Blair in the matter of Iraq ignore all events prior to 2002-3. The decade of Bush Snr., Major, and Clinton, who also had to deal with Iraq is never mentioned. Invasion of Kuwait, murder, torture, rape and pillage of that country (rich, so does not count), the long years of the ‘no-fly zone’ and repeated United Nations votes, blocking U.N. inspections and so on, are as nothing to them.
RABID BLOODLUST SICKENING
Have become increasingly sick and disgusted at the easy assumption (based on prejudice or herd mentality) that Blair took us to war for some kind of personal gain, and that he’s an unprincipled liar. Also at the rabid bloodlust against Blair being demonstrated by so many paid and unpaid commentators. I do not believe any of this, though – unlike them – if any facts are presented to make me change my mind, I will. That’s what the inquiry is for, and I will accept its findings.
WE ELECT THEM – THEY SHOULD NOT BE PENALISED FOR DOING THEIR BEST
Prime Ministers have to make hard decisions. We elect them to do that on our behalf. They should not be penalised for doing their best in impossible circumstances.
BEST PM EVER – THANK YOU, DAILY MAIL
he was the best p.m. ever. thank you daily mail for leading me to this site
THANK YOU QUENTIN LETTS
I would like especially to thank the Daily Mail tand Quentin Letts for leading me to this website.
JEALOUSY – WE SHOULD LEGISLATE AGAINST THE DISGRACEFUL TABLOID PRESS
It seems that a former Labour PM is not permitted to make money on the world stage. The vile media campaign relates to jealousy that he is making more money than previous premiers. We should instead welcome the fact that one of our citizens and former leader is renowned world wide and his views welcomed. I am appalled at the misreporting of much of his comment. Disgraceful press standards and it is time that we legislated to control the tabloid press.
BLAIR IS A GOOD MAN, NOT A WAR CRIMINAL BECAUSE SOME DISAGREE OVER IRAQ
Blair was elected to make informed decisions on our behalf. Some may disagree with the decision to go to Iraq, however, that does not make him a war criminal and i think it is crossing a line to have him scrutinised in this way. I trust he did what he thought was right based on the intelligence that he recieved. He is a good man and this whole inquiry is a circus!
FROM IRAQ – “I AM AND MY FAMILY ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL … (to)… MR BLAIR”
I am and my family are deeply grateful for the salvation from Saddam’s terror by Mr.Blair. I don’t understand why so many people attack him. He only wanted to help. He did not tell lies. Saddam’s regime was as terrific [sic] (“horrific?”) as explained by Mr. Blair. It is easy for people living in the West to criticise. They don’t have to live here and don’t get killed by terrorists. Islam is peace!!!! Down with the fundamentalists!!!
FROM AN IRAQI – “DON’T LEAVE US … NOT YET”
When Saddam’s people came to our village a nightmare became reality.Today,my country is a changed place. But please do not leave us to the mercy of the suicide bombers. They are not true Iraqis or true Muslims. We are not ready for you to go yet. Not yet.
FROM AN AFGHAN – “OUR ENEMY IS NOT TONY BLAIR BUT THE TALEBAN”
When the Taleban took over we left the country to flee from their terror regime. Only the insurgency groups stop us from being a real democracy years ago. We hope our country wins the battle against terrorism with the great help of America/Britain. Our enemy is not Tony Blair but the Taleban.
STOP MAKING BLAIR’S LIFE HELL
You should stop making Tony Blair’s life like a living hell. You should show some respect for him. Look what you have now as a Prime Minister. Wake the hell up England.
HE HAS BEEN TAUNTED AND TERRORISED ENOUGH
I believe that Tony Blair has been taunted and terrorised enough over the Iraq war, I want to see it end.
BLAIR SAVED THE UK
I think if I was the First Ministre of this time, I will exactly do the same. Cause It’s not a war about money or petrol like say the bitches, but it’s a necessity in this period where there’s terrorism. And if you don’t believe in it, forget all you know and let me ask you this question: Do you think what could happen if the terrorists of Al Quaida made a pact to attack the West with Saddam ?And I want to say again I don’t believe than Ben Laden made all this in the name of Allah.Blair saved UK
JUDGE IT IN THE ROUND
The decision to invade Iraq was taken in real time to free the people from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. It achieved this with little suffering and damage. It must be judged by what might have been expected to happen in the region without it. But very poor governance has caused much avoidable suffering. I blame Bush for this. But Blair’s faith in current Western secular democratic values has not helped. But many overvalue these especially Bush!
WORLD CLASS STATESMAN
People have short and selective memories – what about Kosova, Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland? Tony Blair is a world class statesman, and the EU should consider it an honour to have him as President.
AND THIS, HANG IT ALL, JUST SO YOU KNOW IF YOU DON’T ALREADY, WHY THIS PETITION IS NEEDED:
Sig 187 –
i really dont want to sign this petition but am going to to give you load of numptys a decent comment
hang blair for treason .”giving power to foreign princes or potentates” bill of rights act 1689
hang blair for war crimes ” starting an aggressive war”
hang blair and his **shouse wife for profiteering
1. It’s typical of the ‘care’ the Blair-haters take in reporting on issues concerning Mr Blair that not one of their normally computer-literate number has yet bothered to update this Wikipedia page on (the late) Peter Thompson. Perhaps they will now.
2. The Scotsman – on The Trial of Tony Blair – honest in expressing their true opinion (for once?) For months I’ve been coaxing the press as a species – and it IS a species, red in claw and tooth – see here and here and here, to HONESTLY spit out their thoughts on our former prime minister, despite their natural, careful reluctance. For if they can’t be honest with themselves, who CAN our blessed press be honest with? We ALL KNOW, don’t we?
5. Julie has used this info at her blog, with mention of the principled people willing to put their names to the petition. We few, we happy few…
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