The mainstream press on Blair’s “Journey”, or “Journey’s end”, as some would have it

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    1st September, 2010

    Click to Buy Tony Blair’s ‘A Journey’

    The Middle East Peace representative for the Quartet for the last three years and three months Tony Blair arrived in Washington yesterday for the first meeting of Israelis and Palestinians for over two years.

    But first, with regard to the “journey’s end” jibe – the anti-Iraq war Independent’s choice phrase – today Mr Blair is, correct me if I’m wrong, the only European at the Washington peace talks

    Perhaps, dear Indy, his journey is NOT yet over.

    Watch a clip of tonight’s interview with Andrew Marr

    I managed to see it in the end. It was fine. Not a lot I haven’t heard before, to be blunt, but a reminder of what clarity of leadership was like. I imagine the Old Labourites will be upset that he doesn’t want “to make trouble for Mr Cameron”. But there we go. Your new man, or Diane (who he said he would fully support if she became leader) will be doing that job, no doubt.

    Thought it was worth looking at the front pages of most of our papers. Just so you get a feeling for their angles. If you didn’t already know.


    As is to be expected (after all we ALL have our own opinions, even agendas, DON’T we?) most of the press has hooked onto their favourite anti-Blair positions.

    For instance, The Independent has on its front page – “Journey’s End”, with four quotes from Tony Blair, including –

    “The soldiers have died and I, the decision-maker, still live.”

    Not that the peace-loving, anti-violence Independent is suggesting anything, mind. Whatever you do, Mr Blair, don’t feel guilty for still living.  Most soldiers’ families do NOT think in those terms, anyway. Those who do probably have other agendas.


    At the once Labour-supporting Guardian (supported the Lib-Dems in May election) –

    “I knew Brown premiership would be a disaster for Labour”

    The Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow has ongoing updates as he reads through the book. Quite a few interesting quotes there, and other links in reference to “A Journey”.


    Gordon Brown threatened Tony Blair with an internal investigation into the cash for honours business, unless he dropped Pension Reform. Blair did not drop the reform. The Police investigated the nonsensical honours business for 20 long months. No charges followed.


    The Times dwells on Blair’s thoughts on “why Labour lost”


    At the FT there is a picture of Mr Blair being interviewed. They also dwell on his contention that the rejection of New Labour lost them the election.


    The Daily Maul. Blair’s tears are, of course, decried. They are still looking for an apology. An APOLOGY for WHAT? For the Iraq war? The decision that he only won IN PARLIAMENT because of Tory (Daily Mail) support?


    Purely coincidental, I’m sure, today the Daily Mirror has come out in support of David Miliband.

    More to follow on the analysis of Blair’s Journey.


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    9 Responses to “The mainstream press on Blair’s “Journey”, or “Journey’s end”, as some would have it”

    1. Peter Reynolds Says:


      I’ll have Cocaine Kate!


      OK you old bugger you!

      I suppose I’ll have to say HOT STUFF!

      It’s you I’m talking about, not Tone.

      I was hoping to beat you to the post but you won and comprehensively, particularly with all those front pages. Well done.

      Mine is written. I just have to tag it and check it and etc, etc, etc.

      Stand by!

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Who the hell is Cocaine Kate, P?

        Hot stuff? Me? Who Told you that? I may not be your type, P!

        Your latest post here was fanTASTIC, btw. FANTASTIC!!!


        You are so right.

        I have two posts in draft but I won’t be able to finish them until tomorrow night. Busy tomorrow. One on Fraser Nelson’s FEAR and envy of Blair, with another Spectator bit thrown in about his … whisper it (sex life). He knows exactly what’s needed to sell a book, doesn’t he?

    2. Peter Reynolds Says:

      “Who the hell is Cocaine Kate, P?”

      You should read your own post! Look at f/c of Daily Mail above.


      Well I haven’t changed my mind yet!

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Oh, not, Peter. I don’t have to actually READ the Maul, do I. Sorry, hadn’t noticed.

        And I don’t think you will change your mind on THE MAN. Last night at dinner in the White House he was there with Obama etc. I noticed the Beeb never mentioned his presence, but Obama did in his speech.

      • Peter Reynolds Says:

        It’s just my drug-crazed brain. My synapses go into a sort of catatonic shock just at the mere mention of an illicit mind-altering substance.

        Yes I saw the press conference last night. Abbas said thank you to TB at the beginning of his speech too.

        I am a committed supporter now. There you go. I suppose you can take a smidgin of credit for it. Well, alright then, a big smidgin!

    3. little ole American Says:

      This post was pure genius. You would have to be an idiot not to see how the headlines are meant to influence instead of inform. Britain should be bragging about Blair instead of bashing him.

    4. little ole American Says:

      I did notice the other headline on the Financial Times: “Obama’s Party Faces Midterm Meltdown”. They got that one right! LOL!

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