Blair, the Lion King of the Jungle is Missed (and not just by Nancy Dell’Olio)

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    13th April 2010

    TONY BLAIR IS THE NEW KING OF THE JUNGLE

    So says the Daily Mail’s Richard Kay.

    But, hey, some of us have always known that.

    And according to someone who told someone who told Mr Kay, the former prime minister is always primed for a good, clean kill.

    Well, yes… we knew that too. He’s a politician

    With Cherie and Leo he has been watching the wildlife at Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve, Ulusaba, by Kruger National Park, South Africa. Probably more exciting than our wild political life here during the election campaign.

    Cliff Lodge and its private pool

    View from the bedroom

    Aerial view, Cliff Lodge

    (More Cliff Lodge pictures here, in case you’re not envious enough.)

    I wondered how long it would take The Daily Mail to try to pay some holiday-maker for pictures of Tony Blair on safari, preferably being cruel to some poor dumb animal or other. Well, looks like The Mail has disappointed me. Again. I’m fairly sure the picture below was NOT taken at Ulusaba. Wrong clothes.

    Together with Cherie and his youngest son, Leo, Blair has been staying at one of the world's most exclusive resorts - Sir Richard Branson's private game reserve, Ulusaba, by Kruger National Park.

    Kay: ‘Cliff Lodge suite is a”tree-house-style retreat perched on a hill with magnificent views over a watering hole, and which Branson with typical hyperbole labels ‘Heaven in Heaven'”

    Naturally, it is well away from Ulusaba’s other guests and comes with its own chef, wine cellar, vehicle for game drives, wrap-around balcony, plunge pool and jacuzzi.

    The lodge also has its own unique observatory for gazing at the night sky and the Aroma Boma spa which offers the ‘African Goddess’ and the ‘Dominant Male’ body treatments.”‘

    [Oh my. Keep trying, The Daily “Maul”]

    It really must irritate The Mail. No matter how hard they try Mr Blair’s enemies on the right still can’t quite persuade ALL of the British people that it’d be a good thing if the political king were to be eaten alive by a jungle king.

    Apart from the references to the high cost of the Lodge holiday and to Dominant Goddesses or whatever, Richard Kay says, as if it were any business of his:

    “I gather the Blairs booked the holiday a year ago and have paid for it all themselves.”

    The reserve provides twice-daily game drives and according to a fellow guest the highlight of the family holiday was a dramatic ‘kill’ when Blair and his family tracked a pride of hungry African lions as they hunted a herd of impala and feasted on their prey.

    Says one guest: ‘I heard the Blairs were very excited that they had managed to see a lion kill.’

    Now THAT’S important, isn’t it? After all, none of us normal people would be excited at this, would we?

    Looks like our very own King of the Jungle has visited Ulusaba before.

    But the Africa dalliance with lions, impala and goddesses might already be over.

    As the representative of the Middle East Quartet he was in Spain today for the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting discussing the Palestinian Authority’s reduced request for donor funding. Down to $1.2 billion from $1.8 billion in 2008, and even less last year.

    The committee, chaired by Norway and co-sponsored by the United States and the European Union, met in Madrid to discuss aid priorities for 2010 as the Palestinians work to create government institutions that would be the foundation of a future state.

    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, representing the Mideast Quartet said the Palestinians are proving to need less aid because they are managing assistance funds and their own affairs better.

    Blair told a news conference the biggest difference is “basic law and order on the ground”. He said the Palestinian Authority is providing better security in the West Bank and this allows for more business activity and investment.

    “It is not very complex. Better governance leads to improved economic activity leads to greater self-reliance on the part of the Palestinians. And that is what they want to achieve.”


    EXCITEMENT OF BLAIR

    “I love Tony Blair”, says Nancy Dell’Olio, former girlfriend of ex-England football boss Sven-Goran Eriksson. Interviewed by comedian Scott Capurro as part of his live chat show at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, she praised Tony Blair …

    “I love Tony Blair, I think he changed the face of this country,” says Nancy,  “He brought excitement to politics. Maybe I should enter politics and bring glamour to British politics.

    So THAT’s what’s missing, Nancy?

    That, and a few other things. Like leadership, vision, communication skills, policies …

    Sorry to go on, but I could have told you that some time ago. Or rather, I did.


    OBAMA SAYS IT’S A THREAT. SO IT MUST BE TRUE

    Excerpt:

    ‘The world risked a catastrophe from nuclear terrorism, US president Barack Obama warned on Tuesday as he hosted a 47-nation security summit in Washington.

    After years in which leaders such as former president George W. Bush and Tony Blair, former British prime minister, routinely warned of terrorists laying their hands on weapons of mass destruction, Mr Obama’s summit is the highest profile attempt to counter that risk.’


    BLAIR THE NO-WIN INVISIBLE MAN

    Looks like at least one contributor at The Scotsman has noticed something’s missing from Labour’s campaign. It seems Mr Blair will be involved again, if only once or twice in the last week before his birthday – 6th May, as it happens. The prevailing position is that Brown’s Labour doesn’t actually need him in order to win. And from his angle,  if they lose, and he’s been heavily upfront, guess what – it would have been his doing… or undoing.

    A no-win situation. He’s safer with the lions in Africa.




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