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Not to put too fine a point on things, Tony is pissed off.
Tags: Tony Blair
blair had style and class that cameron and co can only dream of.
he could speak to the common man as well as speak to the french in french in their own parliament - that was pure class. i don't care what anyone says.
when he came into no 10 i honestly thought he could achieve anything.
Stick to your guns, Ed. The more that Blair tries to stick in the knife, the more that most of us will support you.
After his disasterous judgement combined with deceit on Iraq, Blair is the last person to be lecturing anyone on the subject of foreign policy, and but for his arrogance and self-importance he would realise this.
I'd like to see more of Ed.
I'd like his understanding of our smaller place in other countries problems come to the fore
No interventions no interference as a general template
oh and fuck off Blair you're a war criminal
Where's Van Helsing when you need him?
It's really cheered me up to read how many other people also hate Blair and his followers. He's nothing but a greedy, self-serving prat.
Advice from damaged goods should be seen for what it's worth -- little or nothing at all. It might have some value, however, if more Labour supporters, none too keen on Blairites these days, decide that they made the right choice of a leader afterall.
If I wasn't already a "Blairite"- (never voted Labout, btw) I would be now, reading the inane comments from some here. Blair was the best. The greatest! He was right about Iraq, and - silly 'thinkov' - he is no war criminal. Try re-reading the comments of ManWithSword to see some of what he DID do for this country.
Oh, and in case you haven't realised it yet, Ed Miliband was the third biggest mistake Labour made in recent years. The second biggest was crowning Gordon Brown as PM. The biggest, by FAR, getting rid of Tony Blair. Google "33 years to find a Blair" to see why.
Ref- Blairisagoodman comment:
"Watching all the protests in the Middle East (by the people), I can't help but wonder if Bush and Blair planted that "seed" in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the rest of the Middle East wants a part of that seed. If the protestors are successful, credit needs to be given where credit is due. At least Bush and Blair were leaders; what we have today, on both sides of the pond, are gutless wonders."
Well put. You're not the only one to make that link.
The lessons of the Iraq war (apart from the fact that imposing democracy DOES work) is that as Tony Blair said often - ALL people would choose democracy if they could.
So let us see how well democracy takes root in the Middle East/N Africa due to the "people's efforts" only. I wish it well, but what will these naysayers say if it results in more (self-imposed) carnage than we saw in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Don't know why I ask. I already know the answer:
"It was Blair wot dunnit, innit, mate!"
Edward is nicknamed ed the unready for an obvious reason - he has shown no ability to lead the labour party never mind the country - he has pompously offered a blank page policy to be filled in by others, I presume thinking that this would be democratic, and then displays his only real policy which is to deny that anything the coalition proposes has any merit.
I'm afraid Edward is beginning to bug me, I can no longer stand to listen to him, I don't like to be lectured by a novice, someone who has never worked in the real world.
Unfortunately that is an accusation that can be thrown at just about every one of the MP's of all parties. But somehow I expect something better from labour! The two Eds do not sound like labour people to me, I could not trust them and I cant believe in them.
Note to New Statesman editors. Why are you giving a war criminal any coverage at all?
@NordicScot: You are hilarious. Spot on.
Raghu Nath, I think NordicScot was being constructive, in his own personal warped world.
"Tony is pissed off."
Now he knows how the rest of the world feels about him.
I always giggle when confronted with the fact the British so love to kick their heroes down! Blair was an extremely successful politician & prime minister (ended years of Thatcher/Major governments because he understood elections were faught and won at the centre of the spectrum). Not only did he make Labour electable, he WAS elected & won 3 successive general elections! So efficient was he that Cameron unashamedly modelled himself on Blair ....and it worked!
The notion that Labour could win again by reverting to 'old labour' values is ludicrous (might be nice, but it won't happen!) & I think the current leadership needs to recognise this if they want to regain power at the next general election