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5th September 2011
The anti-Blair tweeps are having their regular apoplectic fits. On hearing that Tony Blair has, reportedly, a new goddaughter – name of Grace Murdoch – they’re at it in the usual way:
“Well there we go then – that’s it – told you – straw of the last sort – how shabby – immoral – nefarious – vile – typical – how low can he go? – told you he was a bastard”
I suppose they’ve never been asked to a be a godparent. Or rather have never been asked while the world watched their every move. Or have never been asked by a well-known businessman who is not exactly everyone’s cup of tea right now.
INJECTING SOME REALITY
Let’s be clear. Tony Blair was bound to have developed a close relationship with Rupert Murdoch. It’s not every day that a right-wing paper & broadcasting organisation supports a left-wing government. In fact, remind me – when did it last happen? Oh, that’s right – NEVER before. So Tony Blair & Rupert Murdoch were more than likely to become “friendly” to some extent, perhaps a close extent, even if Murdoch’s political agenda was to separate Britain from Europe and Blair’s wasn’t.
I’ve never quite understood how there is a naive expectation, indeed demand, that politicians are uniquly the only people in the world who mustn’t – can’t – EVER develop personal friendships with those they have met in their working lives.
It may have something to do with the public, or rather the press perception of public ownership of former political beings. If so, that’s a strangely illiberal mindset. Especially when it comes from so-called “liberal” thinkers.
Perhaps indicative of this was the tweet below which I received today from Channel 4’s Jon Snow regarding a question Mr Snow had asked on what Tony Blair was doing in Paris last week as world leaders gathered to discuss Libya.
This refers to the fact that I had responded to Mr Snow’s general query tweet – “what is Blair doing in Paris?” – with what I thought was a helpful link. But my response hadn’t been retweeted by Mr Snow. Pity. If it had been there wouldn’t have been so many dozens of tweeps RT-ing his original suspicion-laden tweet query.
Could Mr Blair’s activities be impossible to “divine” etc because for Blair there isn’t necessarily a dividing line? As for most of us? Don’t most of us join organisations and make friends based on our work-a-day friendships and associations? In fact, don’t we all?
I remember once responding to a tweep who said politicians must be banned from “benefitting from…” blah blah. I responded that it was clearly time we brought in a law to lobotomise the lot of them on retirement from public office. That’d larn ’em!
In one of my tweets to Mr Snow I mentioned fighting a likely “blackwash” from certain quarters of the media – sorry – from the media when Chilcot reports on the Iraq Inquiry. The sort of blackwash which infiltrates minds to deleterious effect when journalists opine. There’s a new example today in a review by Con Coughlin.
[To be continued in next post]
Meanwhile, isn’t it time to cease this idle prattle over Tony Blair and his ongoing presence, existence, friends, godchildren?
- Boris Johnson has a lovely piece on real life, real politics and realpolitik today – Gaddafi: first we fete them, then we bomb them – but that’s politics – “Politicians will soon be sucking up to people like Gaddafi again if it’s in the national interest”
- News International to sell Wapping site
- Guardian – Tony Blair to meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders in peace push. Also reported here – Filipino News and here Pakistan Today
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I am staggered by all the hate directed towards our former Prime Minister. I believe that Tony Blair made the Iraq decision in good faith and is most certainly NOT a war criminal. If anyone should be tried at the Hague it should be those in the media for totally misrepresenting the information and facts. The media are to blame for fuelling this hatred as it is purely driven by them. (UK)