Archive for the ‘Tony ‘King Blair’ Category

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 27, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Guardian – Euan Blair gets job in US as an intern: Euan Blair will be spending three months in Washington working as an unpaid intern for a powerful Republican congressman this summer. But he is also hoping to work for a Democrat as well, Downing Street confirmed yesterday.

A night on the tiles with the Bush twins beckons.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 15, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid, Tony 'King Blair

Evening Standard – Exclusion zone to Parliament protests: Political protests are to be curbed in a half-mile “exclusion zone” around Parliament, it emerged today. A map of the zone, drawn up by ministers and slipped out in the Commons, shows that it takes in the whole of Whitehall and the London Eye. Inside the zone, spontaneous demonstrations, even by a lone protester, will be banned. Police will be able to set stringent conditions on those who apply in advance, such as a half-hour time limit and a ban on placards and loudhailers. Anyone who fails to comply will face arrest. Critics denounced the measure as a heavy-handed attack on free speech.

Further: Ministers claimed a ban on demonstrations outside Parliament was needed to allow MPs and peers free access in and out of the building.

Yes. There are no secure underpasses to surrounding buildings, car parks and the Underground. All MPs walk the streets like common men these days

But the Act gave ministers the power to draw up an exclusion zone anywhere up to one kilometre from the Palace of Westminster. The map of the zone reveals Home Secretary Charles Clarke has used his new power to the full extent. The only significant site left out of the zone is Trafalgar Square after ministers accepted that it is a traditional venue for demonstrations.

Well, isn’t that big of them?

Here you go, folks, I drew you a map of a 1km exclusion zone around the Houses of Parliament. This is what democracy looks like:

westminster map

Take a look at the teeny-tiny wedge they’ve so graciously allowed us for protest somewhere near the heart of this country’s ever-dwindling democracy.

Think about what your options are if you wish to stage a major protest over any action by the Home Office, the Foreign Office, the Treasury, the Ministry of Defence, etc. etc. etc.

This exclusion zone covers every major government office. If the 1km limit extends from the outer boundary of the Houses of Parliament (as I expect it does), then the area directly outside the gates of Buckingham Palace is also a no-go area.

Let me repeat the most important bit for you:

But the Act gave ministers the power to draw up an exclusion zone anywhere up to one kilometre from the Palace of Westminster. The map of the zone reveals Home Secretary Charles Clarke has used his new power to the full extent.

To. The. Full. Extent.

Remember that the next time someone speaks reassuringly about ID cards.


BBC – Protest ban zone ‘goes too far’

Mayor of London Blog – Is St. James Park in the Designated Area for restricting protests around Parliament Square or not?

Telegraph – Commons exclusion zone to ban protesters


Here’s a revised map following the specifications outlined in The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Designated Area) Order 2005. (Cheers to Anthony for the heads-up.)

westminster map revised

Of course, this would be a lot easier if the Home Office released a sodding copy of the map to the public.

But no. They would prefer we didn’t know too much about it until it’s too late.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 27, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Chicken Yoghurt – Listening and learning: Put away your petitions. This couldn’t have been put any clearer if Blair has stood outside Number 10 and said, “fuck you”. You can search for PR all you want in the long grass but you’re not going to find it again. In fact, it’s gone over the wall into that nasty Mr Prescott’s garden and he’s keeping it.

Looks to me like a ruckus may be required. Good thing I’m resting up, then.

UPDATE – The UK Today: This week Tony Blair continued to listen and learn. This time he listened to our impassioned pleas for electoral reform, and learned to say F**k You!

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 12, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Guardian – Blair pledges crackdown on yobs: In the first press conference of his third term, the prime minister promised white papers on health and education modernisation by the autumn, and a major speech on “respect in society” within weeks.

1. War on yobs had to be on Murdoch’s wish-list

2. Respect? Like showing respect for Iraqis by keeping track of how many civilians were shot or blown up? Like showing respect for our soldiers by visiting the wounded in hospital (or maybe writing a letter as nice as the one he rushed out Ozzy Osbourne when he fell off his quadbike)? Perhaps he’s referring to something as far-fetched as respect for the law. Or respect for the rights and dignity of other human beings (which means you shouldn’t throw eggs at their house or boil them alive).

3. Respect this.

4. Personally, I can’t think of a better way of fostering a culture of respect than by reinstating David Blunkett after a few short months… and then putting him in charge of Child Support.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 10, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Delyn Democracy – 22% of the electorate voted for Blair’s government, 78% didn’t. This includes some useful links. Read, follow and learn.

There’s also a lot more over at including details of a special event tomorrow (Wednesday) night at the House of Commons (Committee Room 14 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm).

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 4, 2005

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Tony 'King Blair, UK General Election 2005

UPDATE (10 Jan 2006): Click here for the ‘give respect, get respect’ campaign.

1. Michael Howard is due to patrol Guildford High St from 10:30am this morning. If you’re in the area, I have a small favour to ask.

2. You know I can’t resist saying “I told you so!”

Nudge, wink, vote!3. The Scum have come out in support of Blair with a front page, interview, and editorial that declares he is worthy of your vote because he is a “decent, caring family man”… with a large cock that he can put to good use up to 5 times a night. I kid you not. The article only appears in the newspaper, but here’s a juicy excerpt from the interview:

CB: Oh come on Tony, strip off. Let’s see that fit body we’ve been talking about.
TB: You can keep your hands to yourself, Cherie!
Scum: So how fit are you Tony?
CB: Very!
Scum: What, at least five times a night?
TB: At least, I can do it more depending on how I feel.
Scum: Are you always up to it?
CB: He always is!
TB: Right that’s enough – interview over. And I’m not doing any kissing pictures! Come on, woman, time to cook my dinner.

This is not a joke, people. This is an actual excerpt from the interview. Sadly, the Page 3 girl fails to focus on that lovely, lovely cock and instead wraps her legs around Tony’s family cred…

Today Ruth (22, from Kent) thinks it’s heart-warming that Tony and Cherie have such a strong, loving marriage. She says: “It can only be good for Britain – a stable Prime Minister means a stable country.”

Actually, that’s not a bad maxim. Too bad it falls over when you consider that Blair will continue to be a liability after the election.

He was on Radio 4 this morning pushing the line (again) that September 11 changed everything; therefore he felt he had to take action to stop the proliferation of WMDs. Starting with Iraq. But Iraq was such a failure in terms of logistics and public trust that he’s now nobbled if he wishes to tackle the further threats that he lists (Iran, North Korea etc.), so even if you take this argument at face value, Blair still looks like a failure and a liability. Because of the way he handled matters over Iraq, there is no way he’s going to be able convince the British people to get involved in armed conflict over such threats, be they alleged, possible, theoretical or actual.

But don’t let that stop you from thinking about his enormous cock.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 22, 2005

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!, Tony 'King Blair, UK General Election 2005

I’d like to begin – if I may – by taking you back a month or so, when Blair likened his relationship with voters to a troubled marriage.

Now, there are several variations of this very old and rather pessimistic joke about marital relations, but the guts of it are as follows:

There are three stages to marital sex…


Posted by Tim Ireland at April 21, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Chunky bits:

BBC – Blair defiant over Iraq decision

Chicken Yoghurt – Paxman vs Blair: Bore Draw

Marrowbone jelly:

I had to wait until I got my hands on a full transcript before I blogged this funny thing I noticed…

At the head of the interview, Blair insisted that; “I don’t run a sofa style of government.”

But at the tail of the interview, Blair assured Paxman that he was standing for a full term and that he knew Brown was on board, because he and Gordon had discussed it that morning… “as we sat on the sofa together.”

No, he wasn’t joking.

Posted by Tim Ireland at April 4, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

A couple of articles from Sunday’s Observer that may have passed you by…

Observer – US relied on ‘drunken liar’ to justify war: An alcoholic cousin of an aide to Ahmed Chalabi has emerged as the key source in the US rationale for going to war in Iraq. According to a US presidential commission looking into pre-war intelligence failures, the basis for pivotal intelligence on Iraq’s alleged biological weapons programmes and fleet of mobile labs was a spy described as ‘crazy’ by his intelligence handlers and a ‘congenital liar’ by his friends. The defector, given the code-name Curveball by the CIA, has emerged as the central figure in the corruption of US intelligence estimates on Iraq. Despite considerable doubts over Curveball’s credibility, his claims were included in the administration’s case for war without caveat.

Observer – Labour’s unthinking opposition: David Aaronovitch accuses the intelligentsia of prejudice, cynicism and a lack of political nous in criticising Tony Blair.

You can comment on the latter article via The Observer Blog. Or not.

You may also wish to check out The Guardian’s new Election 2005 Blog aggregator.

UPDATE – And the somehwat suckier version from The Times.

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 30, 2005

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Take a look at what Robin just spotted….

It may not last long, so enjoy it while you can.

PS – The Rules still apply.

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