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Tony Blair on Syria. ITV interview by Mark Austin

April 6, 2012

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ON SYRIA TONY BLAIR SAYS – well… not that much.

Tony Blair said "all options should remain open" in regard to Syria Photo: ITV News

If you’re a Tweep or a Facebook socialite concerned over Middle East issues you will have seen the regurgitated, all-knowing -  “Well? So what is the Middle East peace envoy doing about THIS?” 

The question is usually spat out with putrid venom, which is only to be expected given that it emanates from the depths of malodorous ignorance.  (See – Tony Blair is not the ‘envoy’ )

The mention of Mr Blair’s name raises such hackles in some quarters that he now falls into the category – damnedifhedoesdamnedifhedoesn’t.

Ever wary of being accused of “intervention” it is unusual for the former prime minister to say much overtly about domestic politics or even international politics. For that reason alone his video interview yesterday with ITV News’ Mark Austin is worthy of note.

TO INTERVENE OR NOT TO INTERVENE?

Harking back to his 1999 Chicago “Doctrine of The International Community” Mark Austin says – “So although Mr Blair is no longer in power, the question is whether as an enthusiastic interventionist, he would now support military action in Syria.”

Austin: “In an interview I put that question to him. He said that Assad cannot be allowed to continue killing people but fell short of calling for military intervention. Though he did say “all options should remain open”.

In my own humble opinion Tony Blair is actually saying nothing new here. Faced with such international threats he always says and always did say – “all options should remain open.”

But I do notice that he doesn’t mention the UN at all, at least in this section of the interview. Perhaps there is a reason for that.  (Kofi Annan:  “Syria violence must end by April 12th”)

And what of the positions on Syria of the present government and Her Majesty’s loyal opposition?

Well, we can look at HALF of the present government/coalition. The Liberal Democrats are insular and think nothing much about foreign policy except with hands-off or when it can be handled without cost. In other words, hardly EVER.

Last thing I recall on Syria from Nick Clegg was on 6th February, when he said he was “bitterly disappointed” over Russia’s & China’s UN veto.  Bless.

On 5th April the Foreign Secretary William Hague said -

“The Syrian authorities must prove to the international community and more importantly the Syrian people that they are sincere about ending the killing. If they do not, the Security Council must act to increase the pressure on the regime.”

A month earlier, on 6th March, Ed Miliband at PMQ -

Miliband: “.. that he will be making clear to [Putin] that action is necessary and that the Russian position is frankly unacceptable”.

“Action is necessary”? What kind of action, Mr Miliband?

Since then…  silence.

I am left wondering how the present leader of the Labour party would be reacting if he were in the prime minister’s seat right now.

The left, especially the New/Old I’m not Tony Blair left,  must find itself in a tricky situation. After all, not for them the interventionism which STOPS dynastic, tyrannical leaders killing their own.  Perish the thought. To be fair my assumption is that all of the parties would be supporting the stance of the present government: do nothing, make the right condemnatory noises  and hope that – THIS time – Kofi Annan & the UN can be effective.

NO “SECOND GUESSING”

The other notable words uttered by Mr Blair were, “I am not going to second-guess the guy who is taking them [these decisions] now”

Quite. But I am sure Mr Cameron and his cabinet will be pleased to know that if he were still in Number 10 Mr Blair would be doing as they are doing right now.

Leaving all options on the table.

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Mark Austin – Interview with Tony Blair on Syria

Full transcript of the interview

Mark Austin: If you were Prime Minister now, would you be looking to get involved in Syria? To intervene militarily in Syria?

Tony Blair: We have got to treat each case on its merits and with its own circumstances. So, I think Syria is again a different case but having said that we should always understand that if we are not active in this situation and we just allow it to develop in this case as Assad wants it to develop in Syria, we know what will happen.

Already thousands of people have died and many thousands more will die. So these are decisions, when you intervene, it’s always important to recognise if you intervene there will be consequences some of which are unpredictable and adverse and if you don’t the consequences actually are more predictable and probably very adverse also.

Mark Austin: You sound as if you think we should be looking to do more?

Tony Blair: I think the government is doing all it can do at this point in time but I think we should keep all the options open. In particular, what is very important is that we carry on sending a very strong message to Assad and the Syrian regime that this is not something where they can just roll over the people and then we are going to say ok lets just forget about it.

No, we will be there and be active in support of the Syrian people who want freedom and want the chance elect their government.

Mark Austin: Would you be finding it hard as a Prime Minister now not to intervene in Syria?

Tony Blair: All these situations are different and they are all tough so having been in this position, trying to take these decisions, I’m not going to second guess the guy who is taking them now.

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Dr Matthew Partridge’s excellent review of  Peter Lee’s “Blair’s Just War: Iraq and the Illusion of Morality”. Excerpt:

‘Last year NATO intervened in Libya. There is also talk about doing so again in Syria. Many of the same people who marched against the Iraq war nine years ago are now tweeting demands that Obama, who also opposed it, send more advisors to Uganda. Does Tony Blair therefore deserve an apology?’

Dr Matthew Partridge has recently completed a PhD in Economic History at the London School of Economics. He is a freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian, Times Higher Education and the websites of Prospect and New Statesman.

Independent – “Assad metes out a day of brutal violence”

Guardian – “Syria Crisis: Live Updates”

Tony Blair, said “when you intervene, it’s always important to recognise if you intervene there will be consequences”.

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Let us see the body! (Nick Clegg’s)

May 6, 2011

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Dog and Cat deaths. Love & Hate

March 12, 2011
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    This former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate KILLED his own family cat

    Michael Dixon was a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats. He was also a member of his party's anti-crime group. He mercilessly and cruelly killed the family cat for scratching his grandson.

    A gentle, balanced, war-and-violence-hating, Liberal Democrat. Makes you proud, eh, Mr Clegg?

    Article:

    A FORMER parliamentary candidate from Kidderminster was locked up for bludgeoning the family cat to death with a walking stick in a fit of rage.

    Michael Dixon was sentenced to four months in prison with a lifetime ban on keeping animals, after he lost his temper and battered the pet, leaving her to die in a pool of blood, before calmly telling his family: “I’ve killed the cat.”

    The horrific attack happened at the former LibDem candidate’s home in Warbler Place on May 14 last year, after five-year-old Tipsy scratched his grandson.

    The 53-year-old who was once a member of the LibDem Police and Crime Working Group was with family including his wife Pam Dixon, their daughter-in-law Sally Dixon and her four-year-old son.

    Nick Sutton, prosecuting for the RSPCA, read a witness account from Sally Dixon at Kidderminster Magistrates Court. It described how Mr Dixon chased the pet upstairs shouting “I’m going to kill the cat.”

    Sally said: “I noticed he had a walking stick in his hand. I thought it was to coax the cat out.”

    Her mother-in-law followed screaming “No Mike no” at the top of her voice.

    They heard banging before Mr Dixon returned to the lounge, looking calm and spaced out and said in a matter-of-fact way: “I’ve killed the cat.”

    His wife ran upstairs and became hysterical. Sally said: “I heard screaming like I have never heard before and I knew it must be true.”

    The women found the black and white cat lying on her side in a pool of blood, still moving, with the walking stick leaning against the wall. After struggling for her last breath Tipsy died.

    Vet Darren Jennings who examined Tipsy found her skull shattered into 10 pieces, with 20ml of blood in her stomach.

    He said: “There is no doubt this cat suffered serious pain and distress from the attack. Death was not instantaneous.”

    Mr Sutton said the scratch on the boy’s leg was consistent with a cat in play and did not even require a plaster.

    Defence solicitor Fergus Maxwell described Mr Dixon as a professional, family man of exemplary character who had a history of community activity including campaigning against the closure of Kidderminster Hospital.

    He said his client used the walking stick so that “he would be able to dispatch the cat very quickly. His intention was not to cause this cat unnecessary and protracted suffering.”

    When sentencing, magistrates chairman Brian McCluskie said: “Mr Dixon this was a prolonged and awful attack on an animal – the result of your inability to keep your temper that resulted in the family pet being blugeoned to death. The pet did not die quickly. You caused a death too horrific to contemplate.”

    Mr Dixon hung his head as he heard his conviction before he was handcuffed and led away.

    RSPCA inspector Steve Morall who worked on the case said: “This was a callous, brutal attack and we are pleased that the court has sent a clear message to Mr Dixon.”

    Mr Sutton said: “The decision to bring Mr Dixon before the court was based not only on his admission he had killed his family cat but the strength of independent and veterinary evidence of the suffering this act of cruelty caused.”

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    I don’t know how old is the grandson of this excuse for a human being, but if he is more than about two, I hope Dixon realises the child will feel it is HIS fault that their cat is now dead.

    UPDATE: Just noticed- presumably the child is 4. So that’s an indelible mark on his memory. Well done, Grandad.

    An appalling incident. We Brits love our pets more, FAR more than we love our politicians.

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    MAN’S BEST FRIEND

    A tale of LOVE, dedication and bravery

    Twenty six-year-old Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, who was shot while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 1. His dog, Theo, died shortly after his master, despite receiving no physical injuries.

    Dog dies of broken heart after his soldier master killed by the Taliban

    Telegraph: article and video of repatriation of IED-disabler soldier and dog from Afghanistan

    Hundreds of mourners lined the main street through the Wiltshire town to honour Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, who was shot while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 1.

    The crowds were swelled by family pets and a dozen police and Prison Service dogs at the repatriation ceremony for the 26-year-old soldier, whose dog Theo died from a seizure three hours after his master was killed.

    L/Cpl Tasker’s family said they believe the dog died from a broken heart.

    The body of L/Cpl Tasker, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, and the ashes of Theo had earlier been flown back to RAF Lyneham in the same aircraft.

    L/Cpl Tasker was the subject of the repatriation ceremony but Theo’s ashes will be presented in private to his family.

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    The contrast could hardly be more stark.

    RIP Lance Corporal Tasker, Theo and Tipsy.

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    The greatest and most successful leader the Labour Party has ever had with the courage to fight the Islamist terrorists who really would like to kill us all, and you never hear a good word about him. The herd of independent minds, commentators, activists etc who have never had to make a difficult decision in their lives drown out all debate with their inane chants of war crimes and blood on his hands. Defend him at every chance. I just wish more people would do it. (Glasgow, UK)

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    Two “leaders” say: “Running the country? Nothing to do with me”

    February 24, 2011
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    DEMOCRACY/POWER/AUTOCRACY – SAME DIFFERENCE?

    Taking charge? Nothing to do with me.

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    The greatest and most successful leader the Labour Party has ever had with the courage to fight the Islamist terrorists who really would like to kill us all, and you never hear a good word about him. The herd of independent minds, commentators, activists etc who have never had to make a difficult decision in their lives drown out all debate with their inane chants of war crimes and blood on his hands. Defend him at every chance. I just wish more people would do it. (Glasgow, UK)
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    BBC reporter on Control Orders: “And BOTH were cleared”

    January 24, 2011
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    The BBC’s Home Affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw said:

    “Only two … have been prosecuted … and BOTH were cleared”

    I was just waiting for the “So there!”

    I really don’t have time to post on this, but I thought you should know how the liberal-loving and freedom-adoring British media brainwashes the gullible, in an indirect, subtle way, of course.

    I was listening to the BBC Radio4 PM news headlines at 5:00 until 6:00pm. I should make it clear that I am a big fan of Radio 4. In fact it’s probably the only radio station I listen to, for all its faults.  BUT …

    After going through the two-minute headlines with such as the horrendous terrorist attack on a Moscow airport, mention was made of (Tony Blair’s) Control Orders.

    “Control Orders” as was; who knows what they’ll be called when the Con-Dems David Cameron and Nick Clegg put their determined Liberal Conservative stamp on them?

    More points from Mr Shaw’s report here:

    • Only eight suspects are presently subject to control orders
    • Two of these, “AY” and “AM” are (allegedly) linked to the 2006 transatlantic airlines plot (of up to ten aeroplanes on their way to North America)
    • One of these, “AY”,  was described by a High court judge as a committed Islamist extremist
    • The judge said “AY” would represent a risk to the public if free from control orders. Material indicated this
    • Another suspect “AM” was said by a judge to be prepared to be a martyr in an attack designed to take many lives
    • Eighteen months ago “AM” was put under control orders due to what the judge described as an “overwhelming case” against him
    • Two others on control orders travelled to Pakistan for terrorism-related reasons
    • Another, “BX”, came to Britain from Somalia. He worked in the UK as a train conductor, and has been attending a terror-training camp, and has links with Al Qaeda in East Africa

    ALL ALLEGEDLY OF COURSE!

    Bob Quick, a former Chief Inspector, said that these are (Islamist fundamentalist) individuals in respect of whom there is real anxiety, but no obvious routes to conviction. [Especially given our high hurdles of legal proof, which as we know, or if we don't we should, attracts characters from all over the world, since they know that in Britain they can get away with murder, and/or the incitement of murder.]

    • These 8 control-ordered individual are under 16 hours curfew, with electronic tagging. Limits on where they can go and use of mobile phones and the internet.
    • Already 3 of these 8  have breached their control orders. Two face trial this year. One has been jailed for 15 months for breaches.
    • One former “controlee” says that it is “psychological torture”

    You might conclude that 8 out of a population of over 60 million isn’t exactly clamping down on OUR human and civil rights. But no, this is the BBC. They now hand some airtime to a solicitor who acts on behalf of some of these men. These men – suspected of planning to blow you and me to Kingdom Come.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL TORTURE & BURKHAS TO BED

    Solicitor Imran Khan says that the “internal exile” is the toughest condition.

    What, with “internal exile” and “psychological torture”, life is tough for these poor suspected terrorists. Just as well they’re not living in – er – just about any other land in this world.

    Still, it seems the sweethearts can’t have a normal life with their families, and some of their wives even have to wear their burkhas to bed, ready for the next night-time raid from our dreadful Police! How disGRACEFUL!

    But good to know that the man who was once under control orders knows how to press the right buttons – “TORTURE!” – he says.  That’ll have the luvvies up in arms.

    Today was meant to be the day when this government was coming up with its plans for their replacement. To be blunt I haven’t checked. But I think they may be panicking now they’ve realised that Control Orders – BLAIR’S Control Orders – are actually as good as it gets. So, after this realisation how will the present Liberal-Conservative government deal with their confused and confusing position(s)?

    Word is that the day-time curfews may go.

    What!? No nasty night raids from the nasty Police? Does that mean those burkhas will still be on show for 24 hours a day? How demeaning.

    EXILE

    According to Mr Khan, “internal exile” is what most is “most intrusive”.

    Yes, please STOP that immediately.

    EXTERNAL exile is the answer.

    NOTE: “Internal exile” should sound familiar to a certain Mr T Blair. Most of us can’t remember when we last saw him out and about, free to roam safely, in his own country.   (The Iraq Inquiry excepted, of course. And with dozens of police officers on duty, and his resembling greased lightning, [pic here] that hardly counts as FREE! Join the dots, folks.)


    REMINDER“What we’ve found is that two of the eight controlees have been prosecuted for terrorism offences and BOTH (the announcer’s emphasis of voice not my keystrokes) were cleared.”

    We got the message from the biased BBC: Blair’s Control Orders are unnecessary.

    So, go on – Mr Clegg and Mr Cameron – DON’T JUST TALK big to the liberal intelligentsia. Scrap them. Entirely. No messing about.

    Then make sure you keep us all safe without them. And if we find that we are NOT safe without them, DON’T BLAME TONY BLAIR.


    MORE ABOUT CONTROL ORDERS

    Control orders were set up by Tony Blair in 2005 in order to keep an eye on suspected terrorists or would-be terrorists for whom insufficient evidence is either obtainable or useable in our courts. The British public were and probably still are largely supportive of these orders, just as they are regarding CCTV cameras, and even detaining suspected terrorists for long periods. (Blair originally wanted 90 days detention without charge. He was defeated in parliament on this. Then 42 days was mooted, and 28 finally settled on. Now it is to be reduced to 14 days, on the naive basis that in the past 28 days has not been needed.)

    There are only a very few people held under these orders. They restrict and keep tabs on the movements of those on whom they are placed, but these people are still free to get out and about, within certain geographic limits and for limited hours per day.

    Also see here- Wikipedia


    And by the way …

    From the same news report on PM from Wyre Davies, we had a reasonably well-balanced report on the Wikileaks report on the Palestinians “agreement” to concede land to the Israelis. It was part of the negotiations, incomplete, therefore rejected.

    But later, on the Six O’Clock News, if I recall correctly, another BBC reporter was airing the bias. This time against Israel, that other bete noire of the Beeb.

    The seemingly biased towards Palestinian cause (aka BBC employee) Jeremy Bowen says: (paraphrased, I haven’t the direct quote to hand) -

    “This shows that the Israelis cannot be trusted”

    Unfortunately, I have to say that this shows that the BBC cannot be trusted.

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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.”



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    Ashdown: “Preserving an agreement to disagree is preserving the unity of the party”

    December 7, 2010
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    If the headline sounds, as they unkindly say, ‘Irish’ to you, it probably is.

  • As the Lib Dems try to avoid imploding, I’ve found three online contributions which seem to sum it all up rather nicely.
  • One, tweeted by Paul Waugh

    Paddy Ashdown on BBCNews: “Preserving an agreement to disagree is preserving the unity of the party”.

    But just in case you think it’s only the Liberal Democrats who are in some state of confusion over education policy, take  a look at this from Hopi Sen. (Yes, as he says at his site, that is his name.)

  • Two, Explaining modern government
  • “The Prime Minister wishes his government to introduce a policy which is a major extension of a policy he voted against in opposition.The Deputy Prime Minister would like to vote for the government’s proposals, but is considering abstaining because he promised to vote against them.

    The opposition are opposing what the government proposes, because the government proposes going further than the opposition proposed when they were the government, when the then opposition opposed what the then government proposed.

    All clear?”

  • And last but not least, explaining the detailed background to all of this mess, the inimitable Melanie Phillips
  • Excerpt: “This is the politics of infantilism. But instead of telling his party to grow up, Mr Clegg is apparently consulting his rank-and-file — before deciding whether or not to vote for a policy put together by one of his ­party’s own ministers. Barmy or what? The really perplexing thing is that — unlike his party members who are famously away with the fairies — Mr Clegg is ­supposed to be the realist who understands that political power necessarily entails hard choices. The source of the problem would seem to be that Mr Clegg has experienced a political panic attack.

    We are told that he’s been having a terrible time over the student protests. The police have advised him to stop cycling for fear of his personal safety; excrement has been pushed through his letterbox.

    He is said to be shell-shocked by the personal abuse. Of course, this sounds ­extraordinarily unpleasant. But students are always revolting.

    So what sort of a politician is knocked off course by such protests — other than one who has never managed to leave his own college scarf in the drawer?

    ‘Nick hasn’t been in front-line politics that long,’ explained one source close to Mr Clegg, who became an MP in 2005. ‘He is not battle-hardened and was not prepared for being so unpopular.’

    Diddums! But this man is Deputy Prime ­Minister, for heaven’s sake. What would he do if he were faced with a really hard and unpopular decision — like committing troops to war in the national interest — in light of the fact that, faced merely with the inevitable compromises involved in ­coalition politics, he dissolves into a quivering orange jelly?

    The problem for Mr Clegg is that he burned his party’s electoral boats by going in with the Tories in the first place.

    Suppose the Coalition broke down and a new election was called. Why should anyone vote for the Lib Dems, since any attempt to pretend to be opposed to the Tory Party would be met with howls of derision?”

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    Melanie Phillips is right, of course. As for her last sentence above, can we expect the Labour Party (New – REALLY NEWish, Young Generation, Same-old Problems, Oldish Labour) to benefit? I don’t think so somehow. They’re panicking so much over Mili-E’s disastrous first few months as leader there is talk they are preparing this man to take over.  The one who knew his limits in the days when leadership was a valued commodity.

    ‘Mr Johnson ruled himself out of the race to succeed Tony Blair by claiming that he ‘wasn’t up to it’.’

    Alan Johnson was right then, of course. He knew his limits. Is he now up to it? After the last two disastrous leaders for Labour, in the last three years or so – Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband, he might fancy his chances. The bar has been lowered. And how. And Mr Johnson probably knows THIS little fact, anyway.

    Not that the Conservatives are riding high in the ‘doing the right thing’ political Vs popularity stakes. Senior Tory MP (and thorn in Cameron’s side) David Davis has announced he will vote against his own government’s raised tuition fees vote on Thursday.

    Even more senior Tory front-bencher Ken Clarke is proving his party “soft on knife crime and the sanctions against knife crime”. He has now rowed the Tories back from their manifesto promise to “lock ‘em up”.

    The monarchs of the various political glens in this snowy land of ours won’t let their various and sometimes varied principles melt away in the winter snow, now, will they?  Not that we’d notice. This week the big news is that Coronation Street is about to lose some of its main characters. Awww. Sad. It’s like political assassination, only quicker. And more people care.

    Latest Poll – On the regular weekly trackers of the leaders’ approval, David Cameron is up slightly at plus 5 (from +2 a week ago), Ed Miliband continues downwards at minus 14 (from minus 9 a week ago), Nick Clegg remains pretty much unchanged with minus 23 (from minus 24 a week ago). YouGov also repeated a question on support for the government’s policy on tuition fees, originally asked 3 weeks ago. The debate since then doesn’t seem to have changed much – in November 35% of people supported the policy, that has now risen very marginally to 38%.

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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.”



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    4 Weeping & A Funeral – A good week to bury politicians

    December 4, 2010
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    TWO DAVIDS, A PHIL, A VINCE & A FUNERAL A NICK

    It certainly hasn’t been a lot of fun being one of the people’s people this week.

    David Chaytor, former MP for Bury North, was barred by Labour from ever standing again as a candidate. He stood down in May this year. He will be sentenced in January.

    DAVID CHAYTOR

    One of our politicians can go to bed tonight knowing he is now a convicted criminal.

    It’s what they call ‘justice’. I suppose The Telegraph is pleased with itself.

    Today, a Labour politician pleaded guilty to three expenses charges – totalling around £20,000, and could face seven years in jail.  I know I’m not reacting as most will to this news, and it certainly looks like he has been dishonest, but I feel sad about this. The possibility of a prison sentence will hang heavily on David Chaytor’s mind all over Christmas.

    OK, I admit I might be going soft.

    But it just doesn’t seem right to me when this Islamist inciter of jihad and hatred – Anjem Choudary – still roams free and is even given a Channel 4 TV slot to espouse his hatred of British democracy. And yet we lock up or at the very least criminalise a public servant who has NEVER incited violence towards anyone.

    PHIL WOOLAS

    After the High Court judgement Woolas said: "It is the end of the road - I am out."

    Another high-profile Labour politician has seen the inside of the High Court where he was appealing against an earlier decision on an election leaflet. He lost, and has now been banned from parliament and pronounced a liar. (Odd. I’m told that is compulsory!)

    Phil Woolas, former Labour minister has lost his appeal and has been banned for three years from standing for parliament for “lying” about his Liberal Democrat opponent in the May general election.

    Now, if you have had any experience whatsoever of the dirty tricks that Lib Dems use to win elections, this must be particularly galling.

    But worry not your little democracy-loving heads. This crowd – London Muslims – the equivalent of the other well-supported groups London Christians, London Jews and London Ba-Ba Black Sheepies – (what do you mean they don’t exist?) – will make sure Oldham has a real Labour candidate next time!

    England's £15million bid – spearheaded by David ­Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham – didn’t even get past the first round. It secured just two of the 22 votes by committee members of football’s world governing body Fifa in a secret ballot – one of which was cast by England’s own FA chairman Geoff Thompson.

    DAVID CAMERON

    And the smell of defeat.

    Another well-known politician is returning home not as a conquering hero like Tony Blair in 2005 (may he be remembered with eternal gratitude and deep affection as we sing at the 2012 Olympics – ‘OMG! WHAT DID WE DO?’ )

    Yesterday, the country’s present top-ranking Conservative, one David Cameron, one of the Three Lions, came back from England’s World Cup bid empty-handed. Worse than empty-handed. Knowing that only ONE vote of 22 available came England’s way (apart from their own). And that, despite it being widely agreed that England’s presentation was the best of the lot.

    DC had hoped to go down as TB Mark II after the Olympic Games Win in 2005.  Instead David Cameron has returned from Zürich licking his wounds, an impotent and puzzled “lion” after England’s failed World Cup bid.

    VINCE CABLE

    And yet another political entity, one who dances like a butterfly and stings like a bee, has been forced to search his conscience – sorry, search for a conscience on his OWN policy.

    Vince Cable has indicated he is minded to vote in favour of the tuition fees rise. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

    The sainted Vince (Cable) – mayble he will, mayble he won’t  – has NOW said it’s “his duty” to vote for the tuition fee rise even if it is “difficult”.

    Well, it’d be even more difficult NOT to vote for the policy HE, as the Business Secretary, is responsible for.

    Nice one, Dave.

    LALA LAND, Vince?

    Of course some Liberal Democrats WILL abstain next Thursday in the vote, thus confusing us with Lib Dem consistency – a heady mixture of victorious sponge, mixed fruit cake and a dash of yummy rummy thrown in for the seasonal flavour.

    By the way, just so you realise there is no skullduggery in THIS honest, trustworthy, accountable, whiter than pale coalition, the vote that has the students yelling in anger will be held next Thursday. Thursdays are traditionally quiet days in the Commons. Many of the smaller parties don’t even bother to turn up. Well, it’s coming up to Christmas, shopping to do, trees to decorate, cakes to bake, snow-covered journeys to grapple with.

    And it’s a long way to Tipperary – sorry  – Northern Ireland, North Wales, Scotland.

    But it seems that some Lib Dems, like former leader Charles Kennedy,  are likely to vote against the Lib Dem/Conservative tuition fees policy. Hang on! What’s that I see? A flying principle? And a Scottish MP? From Scotland? A Scottish constituency? Where there is no such tuition fees rise? Isn’t that the kind of West Lothian question that they used to throw at the Labour party?

    Ahh, paler than white, the snowy Lib Dem heart, is it not?

    Oh the joys of coalition. The joys of government. The joys of decision-making. The bitter taste of unpopularity.

    Still, if you think this is a surfeit of bad news for the sweetie Lib Dems – hang on. It gets worse.

    MUCH worse.

    CONFERENCE POSTPONED. WRONG KIND OF SNOW STUDENTS ON OUR TRACK

    To cap it all, an entire political party has been bullied into submission by rampaging students idiots.

    The Liberal Democrats have called off their London conference tomorrow due to fears of violent students. (See – “Student protest threat forces Lib Dem meeting to cancel”)

    Protesters gather outside Kings Place in London and organise a mock hanging of Nick Clegg as he gives his Hugo Young Lecture in the building that is home to the Guardian. Even Tony Blair in his darkest days of Iraq war insurgency (from within his own party and some of the voters) never felt the need to cancel a party conference. Courage, mes braves!

    I really do feel sorry for these politicians, at a personal level. All of them, to some degree or other.

    But I feel angry that an idiot – a SCOTTISH idiot (and Scotland, I repeat, is NOT affected by these tuition fee rises in England) – yells this -  ‘Nick Clegg must die’. Listen to the video if you don’t believe me. These are anarchists, not democrats. Probably not even students.

    Politicians, you idiot, must not “die” for their political decisions. We vote them out.

    Next time, vote smarter.

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    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.”



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    It took 6 months for Tories & Lib Dems to feel disappointment

    November 25, 2010
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    IT TOOK 6 YEARS FOR DISAPPOINTMENT IN BLAIR

    AND EVEN THEN HE WON ANOTHER ELECTION (in 2005)

    It’s only when you read such as the below from my friend Peter Reynolds, a firm Conservative, that you realise how quickly the present government and its component parts have fallen from grace. Just over SIX MONTHS, and already even those who voted for Cameron or Clegg’s parties are wondering why.

    It’s only when you recall Tony Blair’s popularity (or as some insist, despite the evidence, his present lack of popularity) that you recall that it was well into six or more years into office, after a SECOND landslide that his NEW Labour government suffered anything approaching similar disdain. And that, in my humble opinion, was mainly due to the all-pervasive press’s disapproval of his Iraq decision and the resultant destruction of his integrity.

    Even the marches against the Iraq war did not result in the mindlessness shown in recent student demos. Yesterday – pictures and report at The Mail.  But that’s another issue, perhaps for another post.

    But talking about disappointment, here’s a reminder of how disappointed Mr Clegg was, when his seat numbers actually FELL by FIVE on May 6th. (Tony Blair’s birthday, btw.) Such was Gordon Brown’s failure to emulate Blair’s leadership – (THE ONLY LABOUR LEADER EVER TO HAVE WON 3 CONSECUTIVE ELECTIONS. Brown couldn’t even manage ONE ) – that the Lib Dems still managed to become part of government. And their leader, the Deputy PM.

    The anti-Iraq war Lib Dems saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil. And so it went. BUT, Nick Clegg’s gang saw evil in Blair where there wasn’t any. Heard evil from the press regarding those concerned about religious fundamentalism. Spoke evil against this country’s moral rectitude.

    And thus they persuaded idealistic, misled kids to vote for them. For those reasons and other lies. The main lie was in pretending that they could EVER have won outright, even though Clegg was the so-called winner in the televised debates. In fact, as mentioned above his party’s seats went down. Their should have been a large “PROVISO” in all their election leaflets.

    Asked how it felt to have students hang him in effigy, the Deputy PM told the BBC’s Jeremy Vine: ‘I’m developing a thick skin.’

    He said: ‘I regret of course that I can’t keep the promise that I made because – just as in life – sometimes you are not fully in control of all the things you need to deliver those pledges.’

    An effigy of Nick Clegg is strung up outside the London venue where the Deputy Prime Minister was speaking on 23rd November, 2010

    Picture above from The Independent – Clegg tries to defuse anger among students

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    Peter Reynolds –

    The Bean Counter And The Ponce. A Pair Of Hypocrites.

    There is no more integrity.

    Reynolds: ‘This government is even more corrupt than the last.  Not just widespread financial corruption amongst MPs, now ministers have abandoned all pretence at listening or consulting.   Britain has become an oligarchy and both politicians and the media are complicit.

    I and many other Tories were prepared to accept and defend the financial squeeze but I can no longer support this government.  I could not vote Tory again given the level of betrayal and arrogance from David Cameron.  As for the LibDems,  they have sacrificed their integrity completely.  I see nothing unfair with the present proposals for tuition fees but deplore and condemn the LibDem’s broken promises.  They are ruined.  Clegg is beyond, in fact, beneath redemption.”‘

    But Mr Cameron will continue to blame the previous government for the present coalition’s decisions, as though there was no alternative. Hardly helped of course, when Labour’s so-called leader hasn’t the foggiest how to benefit when the Tories shoot themselves in the foot.

    WE DISAGREE WITH NICK

    As many of the disappointed in Sheffield push to remove Nick Clegg as their MP,  Mr Clegg’s big idea that reminding us  that this is a coalition, and therefore he had no choice but to agree to Tory education plans and other cuts, is falling on deaf ears. Hoping he and his party will somehow regain their (wrong-headed) authority as the “honest party” which would never, never, not ever – have truck with raising student fees is a forlorn hope.

    I can back up Peter on the below too, regarding the useless BBC AND the national press.

    ‘And the press are involved too.  They protect and serve only their own comfort in the politics bubble.  The editors of the national newspapers follow their own agenda with no regard for their readers.  Normal rules of supply and demand do not apply.  They have so much power that most only know what they are given.   They distort the truth as it suits them.  Only what serves them gets published.

    We have some recourse with the BBC.  It is obliged to provide balance but the complaints system is worse than useless and the director-general receives a ludicrous bribe of £838,000 per annum.’

    As for the BBC, over a week ago I sent a complaint in asking why Tony Blair had been airbrushed from their coverage of the Remembrance Service at Whitehall. I wrote about this here.

    I received no reply from the BBC. Not even a “we have received your complaint and will respond within 28 days”, which if I recall correctly, was their response the last time I did my “Disgusted of Britain” thing.

    As to my current press complaint I’ll hang fire for a bit in case they decide to honour me with a decent completion to my complaint. Suffice it to say it was a complaint about their commenting “facility”. Far too facile for my liking.

    Peter Reynolds is not exactly clear as to what he is referring to here.

    ‘Over just the last 12 months there have been massive demonstrations in London where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets but we do not hear of  them.  It is entirely true that were it not for the violence we would never have heard of the 52,000 students that marched on Millbank earlier this month.  The blood spilled and the damage caused is on the hands of the media.  They are a corrupt and pernicious influence on our society.  Much as I believe in smaller government, the media now have too much power.  Effective regulation is needed.’

    Tony Blair in his memoirs points out that we are highly regulated in every aspect of our lives in Britain. All of us. Except, he says, the press.

    But who, according to Peter Reynolds, do we not hear of from the media? Let me take a guess. Could he be referring to this – just a few weeks ago on Remembrance Day, as our countrymen, the vast majority, fell silent -

    - or this, in January 2009 -  Oh sorry, Google too is part of the PC media, and has removed the truth, because it might offend someone. But the pictures and text are still there.

    And just months after the bombings in London on 7/7/2005, there was this -

    The press may SAY they are not using these videos because they are often put online by the BNP or another group the press sees as “racist”, such as the EDL. Neither of those origins should matter one iota as far as showing the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The press is not the arbiter or conduit of the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    So, it is not only over the last year, but for SEVERAL years that we have not been seeing these politically incorrect videos and pictures of violence-inciting demonstrators. If the mainstream press, (mainly the BBC are at fault here, since some papers DO show them) ever had stooped to tell the truth and had shown such demos as these, you can be sure that they’d also have told us that certain people were declaring them “hoaxes”, even though the hoax claim was demonstrably a LIE.

    As for this from Peter Reynolds regarding the EU – well, what can I say? As a once pro-European, and now, someone reconsidering their position, I feel your pain, Peter.

    ‘The Tory promise never to allow more power to slip to Brussels has also been broken and Cameron is exposed as nothing more than a procedural clerk.  All his bold, inspirational philosophy of freedom and fairness is gone.  I have never seen such hostility from those who were previously firm Tory supporters.

    This corrupt and self-serving government is going down the pan.’

    But NOT down the pan for about four and a half years, if they have their evil and unconstitutional way.

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    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.”



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