Blair (the 5% man with 100% responsibility) in the ‘dock’ at the Iraq Inquiry

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    26th January 2011

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    I said at the weekend that I had plenty to report on The Iraq Inquiry. And I have…

    In a lonely place? A telling picture of Tony Blair, deep in thought, and ready to swallow 'the inquisition's' worst. Arriving at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, 21st January, for his second evidence session to the Iraq Inquiry


    So much to talk about it’s not easy to know where to start. But believe me I have much more to write than just thanking a greased lightning political internal exile (Apologies.  That last link refers to suspected terrorists under ‘control orders’.)

    Still, there are certain similarities, I can hear sharp-tongues say. I agree. There certainly are. They have internal exile in common.

    However,  our former Prime Minister and the control order holders are not “internally exiled” for the same reasons. Tony Blair, it would seem, when he lands back on these shores, is in some sort of semi-exile at home. When did YOU last hear of him attending a public event here in Britain? Think about it.

    He is more or less exiled to protect him from anti-Iraq war know-alls and would-be terrorists.

    The latter of the “exiles”, the would-be terrorists, are semi-exiled in their homes to prevent them from being hailed as heroes by the brain-dead.

    Only a small degree of difference in their situations, some might suggest.

    Such is Britain today, and it isn’t always a pretty sight.  As Russia recovers from a terror attack from Islamist fundamentalists, as Egypt and Lebanon have riots on the streets over democracy or the lack of – what, apart from the economy, does the average Brit have on his/her mind? This, of course! The important stuff.

    But I have far more to write about than my quick tour around my day out in Westminster among the sane few and the rabid fewer still.  Bear with me. It might even be worth it.


    You’ve probably seen some of the televised coverage of the main Chilcot event of the year last Friday. You may even have had your mind illuminated by the BBC 24’s report on Friday when FOUR were interviewed who were AGAINST Tony Blair’s actions and only ONE was interviewed from the opposing side. That’s 80% against Blair’s decision c/w 20% for.  The numbers don’t get a lot better for Blair in fair-play Britain.

    But our beloved BBC will argue that this shows no hint of bias on their part, you can bet your bottom dollar line.  I missed the James Landale wind-up – the operative word – as I was at the Inquiry. Oddly enough not one pressman or woman sought the thoughts of  a mere Blair supporter in attendance. They only seemed interested in the thoughts of bereaved families of deceased soldiers. Can’t imagine why.

    Presumably they think that no-one else in Britain has an opinion on Iraq worth seeking. But there we go. That’s called freedom of the press.

    They’re free to interview who they like. We’re free to read all about it. And so it goes.

    See: BBC apologises yet again, but this time you won’t be hearing about it

    You may even have read the newsviewspaper’s reports. Or if you are a real glutton for “truth-finding” you may have watched the video or even scanned through the transcript of Mr Blair’s evidence.

    But I wonder if you have read his pre-hearing statement, which he sent to the Inquiry panel on 14th January 2011 ? If not here it is (26 pgs).

    This is a taster –

    Blair:  “Of course, as with everything else, the bulk of planning would be done in the U.S. who were going to provide over 95% of the assets for the operation.”

    At times he must wonder how come he, part of the remaining 5 percent, is the only leader being subjected to this inquisitorial style of questioning over his decisions and actions.

    The answer’s simple: he’s British.

    Whatever else we Brits are good at we’re particularly good at besmirching our own.  And in Tony Blair’s case we’ve got our punishment in early, just in case. Before the verdict, as it were. Even before the trial. Even before any charges have been laid, come to think of.  But we needn’t let such trifles worry or distract us.

    Thus, after more than three and a half years, this man is still in internal exile… or haven’t you noticed? Or, more likely – don’t you give a damn?


    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives at the Iraq Inquiry at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre. Photograph: Getty Images.


    I think so. It’s well over time.

    To be continued …

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    4 Responses to “Blair (the 5% man with 100% responsibility) in the ‘dock’ at the Iraq Inquiry”

    1. celia walters Says:

      If the press understandably only wanted to interview the bereaved families why didn’t they interview some of the bereaved who agreed with Blair just to balance the argument as these people do exist. Is it because they don’t want people to know that some of the bereaved actually are not anti- Blair/ war

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Exactly. They KNOW, as do I, that most of the families of soldiers who died, are not anti. But you’d never know it if you accepted the tales that comes fom our press. And of course most people DO accept these tales.

        After all, the press are honest, AREN’T they?

        (Rhetorical question, of course!)

        Just so you know, Celia, I will be starting a new blog soon on the brainwashing that the press engages in.

    2. Karen Says:

      I agree with both of your points also I do think it is shameful that Tony Blair carries the can for Iraq Tony is a decent man and honourable he is like everyone else just doing the best he can nobody is perfect I hope one day he can walk freely in the uk as for the BBC they make me sick with there bias.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        @ Karen,

        It’s been three and a half years since he left office, and STILL we don’t see him at a public event in his own bloody country! It’s not HIS decision, I’m sure of that. It’s the bloody press, turning out every time with their cameras rolling, goading on the peace’n’lovers and their sickening nonsense.

        Just as well I’m not running the Police force. I think Tony Blair is being hounded in a way that would never happen to any other person in this country.

        In fact some of the time I actually wonder if the Police are playing some strange game here. I’m seldom critical of the police. Have a relative in the police force and he works crazy hours while all his colleagues are off on the “sick”. But there’s something that stinks.

        Must get Inspector Yates on the job – just following the evidence – no stone unturned…

        Just started a new blog tonight called The Feral Press.

        I hope I won’t be starting another one soon, called “The Bent Police”!

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