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Posted by Tim Ireland at June 21, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Snip a few bits of this and you have the reason why I’m so involved in politics. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have caught me within a mile of Westminster without it:

Independent – Two words sum up why I cannot accept my MBE: Tony Blair: However, I believe that the way and the methods with which Tony Blair took Britain to war in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside George Bush were dishonest. They were based on a lie. We did not enter these conflicts for moral reasons; we entered them for economic ones. That much has now become clear. I would have admired Tony Blair, or at least respected him, if he’d have told me that we were going to war because he thought it would be good for our economy, regardless of the human cost. I would have respected that honesty, even if I strongly disagreed with him. But instead, Mr Blair dreamt up this thing called spin, which is effectively organised lying, to convince the British public that his reasons were just. The result has been that hundreds of thousands of people have now suffered intolerably. They have suffered death and torture, and they now live in hopeless situations as a direct result of Tony Blair’s invasion. What is going on daily in Iraq is a tragedy. I have seen the death and the sheer human misery. I have seen pictures of whole families being blown to pieces. It is the greatest scandal of our time.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 18, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

OK folks, here’s that video I’ve been promising you for the past umpteen weeks:

Goodbye, Tony Blair

Please be aware that this is by no means my final word on Blair. I plan to keep my vow to pursue him to the end of his political career and beyond and one day piss on his grave.

However, today marks my final word on a few other matters…

To celebrate the release of this video and the impending departure of Tony Blair, full pardons have been issued to the following people:

Nick Boles, Gordon Brown*, David Cameron, Mike Chambers, Iain Dale (and associates), Jackie Danicki, Dominic Fisher, Phil Hendren, John Kampfner, Anne Milton (and associates), Dennis Paul, Paul Staines (and associates), David Taylor and Tim Yeo.

With the exception of Gordon Brown (see below), this amounts to a clean slate for these individuals as far as I’m concerned, starting from today. All relevant past content will remain live (with a link to this pardon featured prominently where possible) but from today, the past remains in the past and I personally will not be throwing it in their faces.

[*A note regarding Gordon Brown:- If any of the individuals listed here are included in his cabinet, he and I are going to have some difficulty. Also, he is expected to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream within two months of taking office.]

Comments are open if you think I’ve missed anyone… but please don’t remind me that I’ve ‘forgotten’ Rupert Murdoch or Rebekah Wade. (There are limits, folks.)

Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 16, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

[Edit: Heh. I just spotted the year.]


Posted by Tim Ireland at June 15, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Blair’s farewell video is almost finished and the final touches are being added today and tomorrow. I plan to go live on Monday morning.

To tide you over until then, here’s some background to the video, a run-down of the cast and why each primary cast member features in the farewell:

Goodybe, Tony Blair: The Primary Cast

The first thing you’ll note is a return to the Terrance and Phillip style of animation that first appeared in Political Debate (NSFW audio), the 3rd video for Backing Blair and in two later appeals for Labour to sort out the Blair problem, the post-2005-election Not Over By a Long Shot and the pre-2006-election Don’t Vote Labour.

One of the main reasons for this is that I wanted to cram the worst excesses of this government into two minutes, and some key sequences from Not Over By a Long Shot were worth repeating. Also, the block-like figures are easy to animate and as cute as the dickens when dancing… and there’s lots of dancing in the first two minutes.

What is also repeated from Not Over By a Long Shot is an unexpected Part II that follows the all-singing all-dancing two minutes of excess… but you’ll have to wait until Monday to find out more about that.


Now, onto the cast…

With Blair finally on the way out, I wanted to make a little feature about the list of people I did not expect to see in government again (apart from the departing lying, torturing, murdering bastard, that is). A little ‘leave off the shopping list’ for Brown, basically. The video grew from there.

That list and the reasons why Brown will be taking the piss if he has any of these bastards in his cabinet follows:

David Blunkett – Willing servant of the tabloid press. Enough said.

Charles Clarke – Appears only briefly in the video to mark his major contribution to our democracy. He also has an Iain-Dale-like tendency to fly off the handle and scream ‘insult’ when faced with questions he has worked ever-so-hard to avoid, and his deep respect for members of the public who do not agree with him is also covered during his 4-second appearance.

Geoff Hoon – Claimed to be unaware of the inaccurate nature of to the ’45-minute’ claim repeated in certain newspapers, as he was out of the country at the time. Also failed to notice or object to the use of not-quite-napalm in Iraq… presumably because he was not in the country at the time. Claimed that the dehumanising (and illegal) policy of hooding was a simple whoopsie. Followed this up by being as helpful as possible during the European rendition enquiry. Sergeant_Schultz has nothing on this guy, but – like Clarke – he only appears long enough to re-enact his greatest achievement.

John Reid – A gutless thug and manipulator of terrorism.

Jack Straw – Torture? What torture?

There are also some special guest stars (some of whom are very special indeed), but I don’t want to spoil any surprises.

The video will be released on Monday morning. Get your jazz-hands ready.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 13, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Blair’s farewell video will be with you on Monday morning. If I have it in me, I’ll try to post some preview material before then.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 21, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

That farewell video I’m working on? It’s ‘finished’… but just sailed right into an unexpected Part II. Bear with me.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 16, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Independent – Mark Steel: Don’t mention the war (or anything else): That’s a splendid achievement by the Labour Party to assemble such a bunch of candidates for the deputy leadership. Because nowhere else could you gather together six different people, and find they all support the war in Iraq and think Tony Blair is a marvellous bloke. Poor John McDonnell, the anti-war MP, is even struggling to be a candidate for leader. So there’s one person willing to stand who didn’t support their most disastrous policy ever, and they say “Oh go away, you’re not being realistic.”

Sorry, but there’s no sign of any of the main players (and their backers) wanting to risk what’s behind the retaining wall.

If this continues, we can expect to watch the new leadership stagger through the same hostile environment that dogged Blair (as their own people attack them and the Tories quietly pick up the scraps while avoiding the underlying issues themselves) and pretty much hand the next election to the Tories on a platter.

If the Tories win on this basis, they’ll inherit a perceived mandate for pre-emptive military strikes, torture, and detention without trial…. and they’ll have all the nifty new laws that Blair brought in to quieten the fuss at home this kind of thing usually causes.

Then the real fun will start.

I’d love to be this hopeful… but I’m not.

But I do have a little something to say about the faces I do not expect to see in government ever again.

With you shortly.

UPDATE (17 May) – I was saying something about charades, yes?

BBC – Brown will enter No 10 unopposed
Independent – Leading article: Why Tony Blair should go now
BlairWatch – The King is Dead, Long Live the King. Labour Party Members – Know your Place!

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 10, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Independent – Two guilty of trying to leak details of Blair’s talks with Bush: Tony Blair’s ill-fated war with Iraq claimed two more victims yesterday when a civil servant and an MP’s researcher were convicted of disclosing details of a secret conversation between the Prime Minister and President George Bush. Last night, MPs, lawyers and civil rights groups described the prosecution as a “farce” and accused the Government of misusing the Official Secrets Act to cover up political embarrassment over the war.

Today there will be a business-as-usual-smooth-transition-nothing-to-get-worked-up-about announcement from Tony Blair.

What you will want to watch out for in what follows – within the Labour Party and without – is the gang that campaigns to maintain the retaining wall, behind which lies the beginning of the solution to the One Big Problem that’s been dogging this country and paralysing our government for years.

If these people take control of the leadership, then we’ll be left with the same problem and no way to solve it.

Though I’ll be watching Blair until his (or my) dying day, the obstacles to any kind of viable/satisfactory solution will be my main priority.

PS – The Zombie Cabinet? Sorry… been there, done that. I do have a final audio-visual follow-up for Blair in the works, and it’s about halfway done. (I hope you like it; we’ll be covering some past ground, but with added sass and razzmatazz.)

I’m out on a major project all day, but if anyone’s interested, I’ll be having a rehearsal pint in the Red Lion at 3-4pm today (10 May) and shedding at least one pair of old shoes while I’m in the neighbourhood.

Cheers all.

(Oh, has anybody realised that – whoever is PM by summer – he or she will be expected to stand on their heads and juggle ice cream within two months of their gaining office?)

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 2, 2007

Category: Flash Music Video, Games and Objects, Tony 'King Blair

My Way (The Blair Version)

I really should be thinking about a farewell gift myself, but this will do for now.

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 1, 2007

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch, Tony 'King Blair

It’s [almost] 10 years to the day since Tony Blair first walked into Downing Street with the help of that lovely man Rupert Murdoch. And here is today’s news:

Independent – Blair’s bloody legacy: Iraq: On the 10th anniversary of Tony Blair’s election as Prime Minister, an exclusive poll reveals 69 per cent of Britons believe that, when he leaves office, his enduring legacy will be the bloody conflict in Iraq.

Independent – Revealed: how London bombers slipped through MI5’s grasp: As mainland Britain’s longest-running terror trial finally came to an end, the success of police and the security services in smashing an al-Qa’ida plot to bring carnage to Britain was overshadowed by the disclosure that MI5 also missed several opportunities to identify Mohammed Siddique Khan, the leader of the London suicide bombers.

Guardian – July 7 victims deliver inquiry demand: Survivors of and relatives of those killed in the July 7 terror attacks today delivered a letter to the Home Office calling for an “independent and impartial public inquiry” into the attack. The letter, addressed to the home secretary, John Reid, called for a wide-ranging investigation into the communication between government, police and the security service. The move, by the 7/7 Inquiry Group, came a day after it was revealed that MI5 had come across July 7 ringleader Mohammed Sidique Khan and his right-hand man Shehzad Tanweer while investigating another group of plotters but let them slip through the net.

And now, here is today’s news from the primary propaganda outlet of the Blair/Murdoch dream team:

Be proud, Tony

TEN years ago today, Britain overwhelmingly put its faith in a young politician to guide our nation into a new era. And despite all the moaning, Tony Blair is entitled to feel pride today at his historic decade as Labour PM. Three times the Tories have tried to beat him. Three times they failed. After ten years at No10, Blair is one of the world’s senior statesmen. At home, however much has gone wrong, he has kept his pledge to provide massive extra funding for the NHS and schools. His government has delivered 58 quarters of unbroken economic growth, low inflation, the minimum wage and millions of new jobs. In Northern Ireland, which for so long defeated politicians of every party, the PM is about to seal what looks like permanent peace. And, despite Iraq, he can claim moral victories abroad in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. No leader expects total success. Blair has admitted that some things have gone wrong – things he knows should have gone better. But despite looming defeats in Thursday’s elections, he should raise a glass in quiet celebration. As Gordon Brown writes of today in a remarkable personal tribute to Blair, their own inevitable personal ups and downs should never be allowed to disguise their comradeship and pride in Labour. Sometimes it’s too easy to knock politicians without sufficiently appreciating that a man like Blair has dedicated his life to serving his country – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for ten gruelling years. If the boyish grin of May 1 1997 has been replaced by greying hair, is it any surprise? When you look at the burdens a PM has to carry, it seems a miracle that anyone wants to take it on. Now it looks like Gordon’s turn to take the strain. His first duty should be to buy Blair a drink. He has earned it.

We’re in peril

IT would be nice to think we can sleep easier after putting five al-Qaeda bomb plotters behind bars for decades. But there are plenty more where they came from here in our midst. Hundreds of al-Qaeda cells are planning attacks and grooming suicide bombers. MI5 is stretched to the limit tracking at least 2,000 known extremists in Britain. The lesson from yesterday’s verdict is clear, and we cannot ignore it. Britain must now move much more quickly and firmly to clamp down on Muslim hotheads ranting on our streets to attract new recruits. We cannot wait until London or Manchester is blown to bits before acting to protect the British people.

The only hint of criticism? Two words; ‘despite Iraq’…. which is somewhat overshadowed by a repeat of the all-too-familiar assurance that we had best start appreciating this regime and stop asking difficult questions lest we all get blowed up.

Amusingly, they also bring two boobs out for some ‘united front’ propaganda on Page 3… and yet place the information down by the panties to tell those ‘in the know’ that it’s really a pile of knickers:

page 3 today

Related bloggage:
Rachel North – Update from me
Obsolete – Forever delayed
The Nether-World – July 7: The Truth Starts To Emerge
Craig Murray – The Missing Links: MI5 acts to limit damage over 7/7 failure
Chicken Yoghurt – Two things

UPDATE – More from Rachel (who has had a very busy day).

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