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Editorial: Blair is right!

Former Labour Cabinet Minister, Claire Short, describes Tony Blair as "delusional". We don't know about that, but he does seem to think that he too, like his buddy George Bush, is the commander in chief of his country's armed forces.

Last month he was televised making a speech on board a warship in the Plymouth naval base surrounded by khaki-clad soldiers and camouflaged armoured cars.

Exactly the sort of background Bush chooses to make his pro-war pronouncements, but he has an excuse in that, constitutionally, he is the commander in chief. Blair is just the Queen's first minister.

Blair told the assembled military personnel that he wanted them and the rest of Britain's armed forces to be "warfighters" and not mere "peacekeepers", and pledged to prepare for the future wars he foresees," increased expenditure on equipment, personnel and the conditions of our armed forces".

Greasy Pole: Baldwin versus Blair

Greasy Pole

Intolerably squeezed by a hostile audience, Tony Blair was liable to try to escape by declaring that while he accepted their right to disagree with him he was unshaken in his confidence that he was doing the right thing and was happy to be judged on that by history. Which is what would be expected from such a kinda straight sorta guy; yeah. Except that some months before he had gone off into the sunset, or wherever it is that unmasked, exhausted prime ministers go, he had in a sense been put through a type of historical assessment, compared to a number of other occupants of Number Ten.


Editorial: Goodbye to Bambi

Enfeebled by their thrashing at the polls in 1997, the most damaging comment the Tories could think of about Tony Blair was to liken him to a political Bambi a young, doe-eyed innocent deficient in any ambition or ability to control the wild beasts in his party and their scheming to bring back Clause Four. Those who were closer to the New Labour heart knew differently. Even before all the results were in on that night in May 1997, an iron discipline was being imposed on Bambis party. Jonathan Freedland, a Guardian reporter and a Labour supporter, was unable to celebrate Blairs victory because he was brusquely ejected from the Hall as he was in a forbidden zone there.

Greasy Pole: Blair bites the hand that fed him

Greasy Pole

“It must have taken a considerable effort of amnesia for Blair to attack the very media he has courted and manipulated”

Among the associated discomforts of the event, the process of dying is said by some who have yet to experience it to activate a flash review of the more guilt-worthy episodes in ones life. So was it that Tony Blair, as he clung on in the dying days of his prime ministership, became moved to look back on the style of, and his governments relationship with, the media. Astonishing though this was it was made more so by the distortion which Blair applied to his recall of certain events and his disregard of others.

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