8th September 2010
UPDATE: For those who didn’t know – at the Tate Modern tonight there will be a private launch party for “A Journey”. All half-baked, Islamist fundamentalist-following shoe-throwers are NOT permitted to bring a spare pair. Walk home half-shoeless, to go with your wits.
UPDATE 2: On ‘This Morning’ he said he has cancelled tonight’s Tate event too. Hmmm. Perhaps there is a strategy unfolding.
Listen to the people who LOVE (not HATE) Tony Blair on Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 programme
[The section on Tony Blair starts at around 8 minutes and ends at just over 33 minutes.]
“Where”, Vine asks, “has all the anger come from?”
He is admired, respected even hero-worshipped in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Northern Ireland. Locals there contributed to the programme phone-in. Listen. Just listen. And then ask yourself again – “where does the Blair anger come from?”
THE PRESS, of course. People didn’t imagine that he was a liar, poodle etc. They weren’t flies on the walls at his every meeting, HEARING the lies being formed and then hidden. The press’s reports told them these so-called ‘lies‘. The press was and still is the conduit for all of our information and thus our opinions. Our news media is far too big for its boots and far too politically biased, imho.
Just think. You have probably heard little in the press about Kosovo. Even less about Sierra Leone, and as far as I can recall no main publication’s editorial came out with, “where is Blair’s Nobel prize for Northern Ireland?” when Obama got his for “promise” – FGS!
Of course the usual suspects came onto Vine’s radio phone-in with the usual nonsensical, pre-judged arguments. On this programme all the antis were describing him as a “war criminal”. Have they ever thought how it must feel to be constantly called a “war criminal”, when he knows he isn’t one? Do they give a damn how he feels about this? Or his family? I am still constantly outraged when I hear this. I feel outrage because British people, who generally insist that terrorist suspects, even when caught red-handed, MUST be described as “suspected” of a crime. But when it comes to Tony Blair, they KNOW. They just KNOW he’s a war criminal. It’s as though one dark night they all had a national, communal visitation from on high.
Pic, above right is a BBC release of Tony Blair during an interview on Monday Aug. 30 2010. (AP Photo/ Jeff Overs/BBC /PA)
But most of the phone calls were from people who admired Mr Blair, some describing him as “the best prime minister we ever had”.
Some callers’ thoughts:
Anti: Challenged for Iraq and Afghanistan – one of the usual suspects said, “Blair & Bush are guilty of genocide”. This caller then gave away his political position – “there will never be peace in Ireland while England remains there.”
Pro: “The anti-war people clearly have mental health problems … I’m proud of his record in Iraq.”
Pro: An ex-soldier who votes Conservative Blair said “Blair has some backbone. I admire what he’s done.”
I have written on some of Tony Blair’s work at this site. A few here:
- 1999 – 15th June – Blair’s Spech in Northern Ireland on the Peace Process
- Tony Blair speaks to the Irish Parliament, 1998
- 2007 April 9th – Video – Tony Blair & Bertie Ahern hail the Northern Ireland Assembly vote
- Tony Blair’s Sierra Leone Legacy – REMINDER
- Sierra Leone Conference. With thanks to Tony Blair & the British people
- 1999 – 14th May – Blair’s Pledge to Kosovan refugees (transcript)
- British press plays catch-up on the GOOD news on Blair (in Kosovo)
- Pictures: Tony Blair, the Hero, in Kosovo (thanks to DayLife for photos)
- Sky News: Pictures of Tony Blair and Tonibler x 9 in Kosovo (DayLife)
- 10 ‘Tony Blairs’. The Legacy? Freedom. Democracy. Generational. Priceless.
- Golden Medal of Freedom for Tony Blair in British flagged Kosovo
- Albania, YouTube video: thanks to Tony Blair and the rest of Britain, for Kosovo
- War in Iraq a remarkable success
- Iraq’s over. Right, shall we hang Blair or burn him at the stake?
- The US and UK approach on Iraq: Similar but yet so Different
- UNBELIEVABLE! Tory Hypocrisy on Blair & Iraq as they target Lib Dems
And there is a recent article at Tony Blair’s website on his ongoing work in Sierra Leone: Launch of free healthcare programme in Sierra Leone
HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTIONISM – THE BLAIR DOCTRINE
- 1999 – 22nd April – Chicago Economic Club – Blair’s Doctrine of Intervention
- Chicago Speech transcript: ‘Doctrine of the International Community’ – by Tony Blair, April 1999
THESE ARE THE POSTS AT THIS BLOG RECEIVING THE MOST VISITORS RIGHT NOW (Note the last of these 5)
- Tony Blair book-signing is off. They’ve won. Inmates running the asylum
- Tony Blair’s (Waterstone’s) London book-signing may be OFF
- Videos: Tony Blair on RTE. Kate O’Sullivan on ATTEMPTING and FAILING to arrest Mr Blair at Dublin book signing
- Iran’s “justice & love” WARNING – Hanging Video
- Tony Blair – the Political Superstar ALSO in Britain! Ask Jeeves searches say “YES, he is”
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