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15th September, 2007
It’s been exactly a year since I first got a bee in my bonnet about the Labour party’s treatment of our then Prime Minister. See this, the first post. I’m tempted to say “goodnight, and goodbye”, but I doubt if I can completely wean myself off it just yet. You’ll probably notice fewer contributions as time goes on. I am not going to have much to report about Mr Blair in his new post as Mid-East Envoy, as it isn’t something he’s going to talk about for obvious reasons. And I’m not REALLY interested in the rest of them in British politics. Still, you’re not getting rid of me THAT easily; I don’t think so anyway. Thank you to all of my thousands of readers from ALL over the world. Not quite hundreds of thousands, but still many more than I thought I’d get. And in particular, thanks to those who took the time to comment. We may have lost this battle, but as far as the war is concerned … well, that’s another story.
A picture I found at this site. Bearing the Iraq flag as well as our own, and from a grateful Iraqi, this kind of sentiment should have been and still should be uttered more frequently towards our great former prime minister, rather than the usual insults.
13th November, 2007
Watch my latest video – More Tony Blair Words (part 2) – the follow-up to ‘Tony Blair – Everlasting Words’, as below.
Not quite sure why Gordon Brown looks so panic-stricken on the question of the “relationship between faith & state” (at around 3 minutes). He didn’t need to prompt Mr Blair as to how to handle this; it’s water off a duck’s back to the former PM. This is probably my favourite part of this last PMQs clip, and just ONE of the reasons we already miss Blair in the weekly jousts in the Commons.
No, my favourite part is the contribution by Alan Williams, the Father of the House:
“He is the most politically successful prime minister this party has ever had”.
So right, Mr Williams. And your party should NEVER have forgotten that.
1st November, 2007
(The day we MIGHT have had an election!)
I’ve uploaded another video to YouTube
“TONY BLAIR – EVERLASTING WORDS”
WATCH MY VIDEO OF TONY BLAIR’S
“BLAIR THE MUSICAL TONY”
(or something like that!)
How many prime ministers a few weeks out of office have had two musicals running about them? You got it. None. They haven’t even done Maggie The Musical as far as I can recall. But then again she wasn’t quite the ‘tragic hero’, like our boy. Although, come to think of it, she too was stabbed in the back by her own.
“Tony Blair – The Musical” & “Tony! The Blair Musical”
Hmm…mm! Somewhat confusing. I’ve got a really good suggestion for the next two –
How’s about “Blair, the Musical Tony” and “Tony, The Musical Blair”.
So don’t wonder why he’s The Real Thing for theatrical art! It’s obvious – he’s just the real thing.
Consummate communicator, emotion (or not) for every occasion, daring, driven, one-of-a-kind. And now, political history before his time, so fitted to the role of tragic hero writ large.
Stabbed in the back, front and everywhere else by those who owe him everything – Macbeth Shakespeare style, or as the all-powerful, but sadly mortal Caesar in the most famous political tragedy. And as the Greek democrat undone by democracy, where his libertarian instincts and actions meant that he must be done away with in order that the essential elements of his instincts and actions should survive.
I suppose they didn’t have a phrase for “ar** backwards” in Ancient Greece!
Misunderstood and at times misunderstanding; liable to overstretch himself due to self-delusion and over-confidence. The flawed hero? All these things and more – that’s Blair, The Tony Musical.
And apart from that – he’s GOOD. Bl***y good. Star quality in abundance. He knows it but more importantly, so do we. And so the scribblers have scribbled, and all the world’s a stage for Tony. Interesting.
In the absence of the real thing, and still suffering withdrawal symptoms, I’ll make a page in the next couple of days looking at both Blair shows at the Edinburgh Festival. Haven’t seen either show yet, but I’ll tap out a page soon and if I do get up to Edinburgh I promise I’ll write a review or two, too.
And it’s all happening in Edinburgh – where he was born and went to school.
Art is stranger than life, or vice-versa.
1. Click here for reviews of “Tony Blair – The Musical”
“Tony Blair – The Musical” is at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh.
The TBTM company, whose video is above, also have their own blog here
The other TB musical, “Tony! The Blair Musical” is at C, Chamber Street, Edinburgh.
2. Click here for reviews of “Tony! the Blair Musical”
Both run until 27th August, but I understand tickets are hard to come by. For more information on both Edinburgh Festival Blair musicals click here.
Click for The Edinburgh Fringe website to enquire about ticket availability.
13th August, 2007
Interesting stuff on the BBC ‘ON THIS DAY’ site
“At least 27 people are feared dead in the worst paramilitary bombing since the start of the Northern Ireland conflict three decades ago.”
Thank goodness that dreadful conflict seems at last to have been resolved. I won’t mention who has been central to this.
Also, I don’t know why THIS is of interest, but ON THIS DAY in 1057, 950 years ago, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in a battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
Amazing how some stories live on. Where’s today’s Shakespeare?
25th July, 2007
For updates on the Middle East envoy’s progress, please go to the Envoy’s Progress post.
This article from the Arab News highlights the problems he will have persuading some Palestinians that he is an honest broker.
[Picture: 17th July, 2007, Mr Blair meets EU leaders for discussions regarding his new post as Middle East envoy]
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
AT LAST! NO CHARGES IN CASH-FOR-HONOURS SAY CPS
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NOTE: 15th July, 2007: I’m not a stirrer, honestly, but I was intrigued by these two revelations:
- It “rankles” with our former great prime minister that he has “been pushed out” (of office). Warm words have to be exchanged in order to keep Labour together, but his party are lucky that he can keep any festering feelings under wraps.
- He does NOT accept that it was ‘Iraq or Bush’ that “did it for him”. Nor do I, Mr Blair, nor do I.
Thank you for visiting – Keep Tony Blair For PM
27th June, 2007
GOODBYE TO THIS MORNING’S PRIME MINISTER
If you want to view the whole of Tony Blair’s last PMQs – including the unheard of standing ovation, please click here
Please note: Yes, I am aware the battle is lost, but since traffic has more than quadrupled today on the “change” of PMs I expect to keep the site going for a bit if only to allow people to access some of the content. Please note that this will NOT be the place to update you on Mr Brown. I may continue for a short time to add more about Mr Blair’s future tasks in the Middle East.
If you have found this site after an internet search please look through the list of pages below or on the right. I have tried to put together as much as possible of the Story of Tony Blair’s Ten Years as PM (and a little prior), including videos, audios, pictures & transcripts. This aims to try to balance in a small way the judgemental press and prejudiced and half-informed blogging world whose search is mainly for the ‘bad’.
20th June, 2007
View Tony Blair Videos – I’ve even made one myself now. Modest start.
I’m feeling flattered. On its website ‘The Economist’ has placed a link here. See their article on the Prime Minister. This publication has been one of the few outlets which, to put it in the vernacular, has “got it” about Tony Blair. Not that I agree with their every analysis; but then I never expected to.
Thank you for the link.
This blog has been set up with the sole purpose of supporting the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. I was moved to do this after the disgraceful “coup” attempt in the summer of 2006. I seem to be in a minority of online bloggers, but I actually DO believe that this prime minister is worthy of our support, in the same way that he has worked to support us over the last ten years. Until Mr Blair has left the British political scene or until I am convinced that he is truly as evil and/or manipulative as 90% of bloggers seem to have concluded, I’ll defend him. If that makes me sound deluded or naive, well … so be it.
THE START OF THE LONG GOODBYE
Read news reports at the time of the Munificent Seven’s (or Seventeen’s) masterful piece of (self) destruction! What I want to know is this; where were all the hundreds of other MPs and thousands of party members who should have leapt to his support? This was the man who had resurrected their party and broken all, yes ALL records in its electoral history.
[Pic: Tony Blair on the day he announced that he would stand down within a year]
I was, and still am disgusted at their treatment of the Prime Minister. The backstabbers were hardly chastised, and in some quarters hailed as heroes. And Gordon Brown, as often before, was the Invisible Chancellor in the hour of need, hardly intervening to defend Blair. Tony Blair seems much more willing to forgive than I am ever likely to be.
David Miliband’s radio interview on the Today programme regarding PM’s departure date. “PM is not driven by his own ego.”
I am no longer at the stage of accepting critical comment on the Prime Minister, and I no longer apologise for that.The ‘liberal intelligentsia press’ (LIPpies), continue to provide us with an over-abundance of such – you know where to find it.The acceptance by the semi-detached British public of this lack of balanced reporting and the political press’s general refusal to see the wider picture is, alongside his own party’s connivance, the reason the Prime Minister has been forced from office. However we, the Labour party and he would like to paint it, that is what has been happening.He has been forced from office at the time when we need him most. It won’t go down in history as such, as he has chosen the actual date. Pity it’s the wrong year.Melanie Phillips, although as I understand it quite to the political right, and I would not say I belong there in any measurable or philosophical way, has been fighting a bit of a lonely battle too.She has taken on board the debate on terrorism and the War against the West.A “war” that is dismissed flippantly by the majority of the press and political watchers.It is well worth subscribing to her site if you’d like to keep up with the other side of the argument.You won’t read it in editorial pages of The Independent, that’s for sure.She says:
“In the light of this, John Bolton’s second significant contribution was his revelation that Foreign Office officials worked to undermine Tony Blair’s pro-American policies at the United Nations because they had been ‘infected’ by French and German views.
Mr Bolton, who has been criticised privately by British diplomats as an abrasive unilateralist who showed contempt for the UN, singled out Jeremy Greenstock, the British ambassador to the UN in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, and his successor Sir Emyr Jones Parry, who is still in the post.
‘Greenstock was a lot of the problem,’ he said.
‘British diplomats’, Mr Bolton continued, were ‘vehemently opposed to much of what Mr Blair wanted to do. On Iraq in particular, they didn’t like it.’ It reflected the increasingly Eurocentric view of the Foreign Office, where they’re just not as Atlanticist as they used to be. This is probably the biggest split between the Foreign Office and the British people as a whole, who remain basically at least somewhat Eurosceptic.
Given the virulent opposition of large sections of the British establishment and intelligentsia towards America and the war in Iraq — much of which is the product of rather deeper and even more obnoxious attitudes than rampant EUphilia, which is itself as much the result of those attitudes as their cause – such reported disloyalty within King Charles Street is not surprising.
But it reveals Blair’s unwavering support for Bush and the war to be an even more lonely and admirable position than has been acknowledged.”
I’m not sure if I trust Bolton’s analysis of Greenstock (see more here) any more than Blair haters should distrust Blair on someone else’s say-so.
But the reference to the Foreign Office attitude towards the EU and the USA might have been influential. In our prime minister we have a man who sees the need to be close to both. The responsibilities of power are many and complex.
[Note from me – thinking back to Tony Blair’s – retirement speech:]
“I did what I thought was right.”
Mr Blair, I BELIEVE YOU. The pertinent question for some became whether you THOUGHT RIGHT or wrong.
The fact that the Prime Minister felt compelled to ask us to trust that his motives for that decision were NOT ulterior, still saddens me greatly.
I gave up politics some time ago when I realised I had ceased to trust the people ;0(
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
[Hamlet, William Shakespeare]
So to commenters – if yours is an ‘anti’ comment, forget it! The antis, in various guises, wallowing in their self-indulgent, half-informed opinion, have already done their worst.
I’d just like to thank a recent commenter at this page for his kind words. I’ve been doing this little job here, completely off my own bat, and under no influence from anyone else, because I believe that Tony Blair has been badly treated and that he has been a great prime minister and ambassador for our country. But I’ve felt, some of the time, like the proverbial voice in the wilderness.Therefore, I appreciated this comment:
Stan Rosenthal said on May 8th, 2007:
“I do not think the Blair era should pass without paying homage to those who have stood by him despite the vilification of lesser mortals. Prime amongst these has been this blogsite. I’m not sure whether other visitors to the site appreciate the courage, professionalism, dedication and effort that has obviously gone into maintaining (against enormous odds) an on-going defence of one of our greatest Prime Ministers but I certainly do. Well done whoever is responsible. It is guys like you that make the whole political thing worthwhile.”
Thank you, Mr Rosenthal.
Here is a link to Mr Rosenthal’s “Progressive” site articles
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- The Reptilian Press – All Quiet?
- List of Banned Terrorist Groups – no HuT/no Hamas
- To Dream The Impossible Dream – Blair’s Quest – words & music
- A Letter From A Soldier
- Obituary for Tony Blair – by Dubbya
- CPS – “No Charges”
- Innocent … Until Proven Guilty
- Police – the State we’re In
- Police Overkill?
- Absurd Islamists – Radical Extremists – Victims – Loopy Civil Righters
- Cash For Honours Rumbles On – Levy to be charged?
- Alastair Campbell – The Blair Year – Read extracts from his diaries
- “Abdication” or Political Assassination – Blair still feels he has been pushed out
- Last PMQs for Blair – 27th June, 2007
- Blair’s Short Goodbye – The Last Day
- Kiss Tony Blair Goodbye – Martin Amis’s trip with the PM
- Terrorists Convicted
- Tony Blair After Downing Street – Thoughts on the last few days of his premiership and updates, when I can find any!
- Blair’s Bombs In The Land of War – Islamic Theology Rues – OK?
- Hiroshima in UK?
- EU Summit – Brussels Review of Blair’s last EU meeting
- Blair speech on “Feral Press” A call to review the power and press responsibility
- Blair – Climate Czar? Is this Blair’s next big job?
- Blair in Africa Legacy of Blair’s leadership in Africa
- Go to “Blair – A Call To Arms?” PM says – police v Human Rights?
- Blair – “I did what I thought was right” Retirement speech
- Full transcript of Tony Blair’s retirement speech 10th May, 2007, Sedgefield
- Leaders Deathbed Confession?
- Tony Blair to Iraq No, No, No – yes, yes!
- All Ending In Tears” Opinion – Brown & Blair
- “Tony Blair’s Successor – Leadership” Brown – The Invisible Man.
- “Thoughts and Opinion on Tony Blair”Political Obituaries for Blair.
- David Cameron – Policy?
- “This will be my last conference as party leader” Blair: 6 Sep 2006
- A Very British Coup – or – How To Kill The Leader and Get Away With It
- “Be Proud, Tony” It was the Sun Wot Said It!
- View Tony Blair Videos
- View Prime Minister’s Questions from Parliament