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22nd January 2011
After the Iraq Inquiry’s main event of the year as I waited in the QEII lobby for a friend and accomplice in the Blair Isn’t A War Criminal gang, it became clear that others already hanging around were awaiting something. So, ever curious, I hung around too.
Suddenly, after Sir John Chilcot and the other panel members had made their own exits, there he was. Followed by a few minders, with a score or more police officers around the edges of his pathway, a slim, greying but lithe-looking Tony Blair walked quickly past several dozen
variously agenda’d individuals.
I was relieved to notice his head was still in place.
I wanted a picture but, seeing the result, perhaps I should have left this. I also wanted to shout at him – yes SHOUT, as is the way with us Brits. Except that my phrase would have been in essence very different from the usual. I’d have yelled –
“THANK YOU, MR BLAIR, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP”
Unfortunately another bystander had his own agenda’d message, linked to the Iraq issue, though more linked to a corrupt capitalist company which is now linked to Mr Blair as an advisor. All this “linkage” gets kind of wearing on the parts.
While I was clicking the camera the Agenda’d One yelled his diatribe of abuse as the former prime minister was within earshot. Before I could thank the great man he had passed through the police-barred doors, and the phalanx of cameras outside and was inside his ghostly white car.
So I’m taking this opportunity to thank Mr Blair. One day for the umpteenth time, specially for those in careless ignorance, I may even re-list exactly WHY I thank Mr Blair.
Yesterday, after his second apearance at the Iraq Inquiry, and inside his own metallic casing of greased lightning, he left us all in his wake. Perhaps it was ever thus.
[More to follow on my take of yesterday at the Iraq Inquiry]
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“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”