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Posted by Tim Ireland at September 25, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

A completely false sense of grievance I:
New York Times – Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat: A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.

UPDATE – Denied!

A completely false sense of grievance II:
Bloomberg – Cherie Blair Walks Out of Labour Party Conference, Calls Gordon Brown Liar: Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie, walked out of a speech by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, accusing him of misleading the public about his relationship with the prime minister. As Brown told the Labour Party conference in Manchester that it had been a “privilege for me to work with and for” the premier, Mrs. Blair left the conference center saying “well that’s a lie.'”

UPDATE – Denied!








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 22, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Bloggerheads – Blair, Capita and ‘easy money’ above the table (March 22, 2006): I’m going to ask you to think about that for a moment… these people came offering donations, but were instead asked for loans. Were it not for this scandal, how many of them do you think would be prepared to simply write off the loan after a suitable period? You get ten points if you answered correctly; All. Of. Them.

New Statesman – Cash for peerages: the new evidence (September 22, 2006): According to my Labour Party source, who is at the highest level of the party structure and perfectly placed to know, at least some of these loans were never intended to be paid back. According to this individual, they were never loans at all but purely and simply secret donations. And has my source told the police? You bet.

Blair Watch – Labour’s bright idea to solve its funding crisis… us!: Maybe, instead of hitting us up for more cash, the Labour Party should ask itself why its membership has halved but its fundraising has trebled since Tony Blair became Prime Minister.

(Psst! For the answer to that question… click here.)

The New Statesman article relates to a Dispatches documentary that will be shown on Channel 4 on Monday 25 September at 8pm. I urge you to watch it.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the first edition of the Labour Party’s campaign return… coming soon to a web browser near you.

UPDATE (24 Sep) – Two related links for you:
Independent – Exclusive: Lies, loans & lordships (The cash-for-honours scandal: Top Labour official tells ‘IoS’ ‘Party deliberately got round the law’ )
Independent – Dodgy donations: How Labour’s cash crisis led to the biggest sleaze scandal in the party’s history








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 22, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Councillor Gareth Davies is welcome at the Labour Party Conference, while Councillor Bob Piper is not. Says it all, really.

UPDATE – Blood & Treasure – From the red zone: They’ve actually blocked off a fair chunk of the city centre, with no access at all except to the apparat. Great. Treated like a terrorist suspect in my own city. This isn’t a public event. It’s the sales conference of the governing party. (via)

UPDATE (24 Sep) – Bob’s inside.

(Psst! The nurses run naked in Portsmouth General… pass it on.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 20, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

That’s funny… I was talking about this very point just last night:

Independent – Blair damages party by clinging to power, say Labour officials: Tony Blair is facing fresh pressure to stand down soon from Labour officials worried that his “long goodbye” is disrupting the party’s plans for next May’s mid-term elections. The officials say the uncertainty over who will lead Labour into the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and English council elections is damaging grassroots morale. They report that some party members are refusing to commit themselves to standing as candidates or campaigning for the party while Mr Blair remains leader. One official said: “Tony should go immediately. He is destroying the party. He is clinging on to the cliff by his fingertips while other people trample all over them.”… Last night a row was brewing over a decision to block an emergency debate over the leadership at the party conference next week in Manchester. A number of constituencies tabled motions calling for the national executive committee to agree a timetable for Mr Blair to step down early next year. The conference arrangements committee meeting is believed to have thrown out all the motions. “They decided that the issue of the leadership is not a contemporary issue, and they were ruled out of order,” said one Labour campaigner.

The Tories didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the last general election, but currently they’re gaining an alarming amount of ground *and* enjoying the luxury of all sorts of reserves.

The time to start taking this on is now… but Blair’s putting the squeeze on me – and lots of people like me – by continuing to cling to power through the use of fear and deception.

I don’t want to see a Conservative government… but I can’t possibly be expected to roll over and allow Blair to have his way. The games he plays are far too dangerous.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 19, 2006

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, Tony 'King Blair

Oh, FFS…

Gareth Davies: I had an email from Tim Ireland the other day, suggesting I’ve been slow to publish some comments about torture. I have. No conspiracy Tim, I’ve been busy.

[Um… Gareth? I don’t think there’s a conspiracy; I just think that you’re a dick.]

Take a look at Gareth’s post where he attempts to have the ‘final word’ on torture. Witness how many twists and turns he takes to avoid giving a straight answer to this question; “Do you support detention without trial based on intelligence gained through torture?”

He’s also posted a reply to this post at Bloggerheads that completely fails to address the central point (perhaps he feels he has ‘no need’ to do so) and instead presents the following in his defence:

Tim Ireland: “Gareth Davies… took a ‘moral’ standpoint against the Backing Blair website without declaring that he was employed by the Labour Party in a regional party call-centre.”

Gareth Davies: “Tim keeps saying I worked in one of the Labour Party’s regional call centres. I didn’t. I worked in the communications unit at Labour Party Head Office.”

*sigh*

It was Gareth himself who said that he “worked in call centres for banks and telephone companies and universities” and during the election worked “in a call centre environment for the Party.”

Oh, and the office he worked for was of the regional variety (unless he was based at Labour HQ in London, which would make his position even harder to defend, because that would put him even closer to the core camapign team).

But now for the whopper (if you have a drink in your hand, I advise you to put it down now)…

Gareth Davies: “…it’s hilarious to read one of Blogggerhead’s anonymous ccommenters [sic] demanding that David put his name on the websites he publishes, when Bloggerheads went to town on me as a Labour stooge for suggesting much the same thing about the Backing Blair website.”

Tim Ireland: “There wasn’t a single anonymous comment on Bloggerheads demanding that David Taylor put his name on the websites he publishes… Gareth made it up to support his ‘point’.”

Gareth Davies: “Tim keeps claiming that there wasn’t an anonymous comment on his site demanding David Taylor identify himself on sites he authored. Read this.

[Here Gareth links to one of my comments as evidence and continues…]

Gareth Davies: I’m happy to accept that I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t know that Manic is Tim Ireland. And to withdraw the suggestion that, as such the comment is anonymous. But I didn’t invent it Tim (or is it Manic I’m talking to now?)”

Duh…

Gosh, it’s all so confusing, isn’t it? Not only is it declared in the Page Title on the front page, but every post on the website of Tim Ireland – marked ‘© Tim Ireland’ – is entered under the nickname ‘Manic’… in much the same way that every entry at Gareth Davies’ weblog is entered under the ID ‘Cramlington Village Councillor’.

Similarly, every comment on the website of Tim Ireland that’s made by Tim Ireland is entered under the nickname ‘Manic’… in much the same way that every comment at Gareth Davies’ weblog that’s made by Gareth Davies is entered under the ID ‘Cramlington Village Councillor’.

Having failed to pass off invented evidence, Gareth is now attempting to invent confusion! Well, at least we can hope this is the case…

Normally, a dishonest/witless blogger like Gareth Davies wouldn’t be worth spitting on, but this serves as an excellent example of the self-deception and/or ignorance that’s required to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a lying, torturing, murdering psychopath like Tony Blair and still fool yourself into thinking that you’re a decent human being.

UPDATE – No. Sorry. I take that back. He is worth spitting on.

Hawwwwk..*ptooie!*








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 15, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Blair Watch – The Freedom They Died For: Military Families Against the War is planning a peace camp outside the Labour Conference in Manchester. They’ve organised similar events before but this time The Labour council has banned the protest.

BBC – Council accused of censoring demo: About 20 activists were denied permission to pitch tents in Albert Square in front of the Town Hall from 21 September on health and safety grounds. Rose Gentle, from Glasgow, whose 19-year-old son Gordon died in Iraq in 2004 said the council were “doing the government’s bidding”.

Independent – War protesters banned from Labour conference: The city’s Labour-controlled council has denied them permission, on health and safety grounds, to set up a “peace camp” to coincide with the start of the conference on 24 September. Its organiser, Rose Gentle, whose 19-year-old son Gordon was killed in 2004, claimed that councillors wanted to avoid causing Tony Blair embarrassment.

Boy, talk about familiar ground… and then some:

On the afternoon of the 2005 Parliament Square Carol Service (held in defiance of Section 132 of the Serious and Organised Crimes and Police Act 2005), it became clear to Team Blair that they were helpless to stop us without making complete twunts of themselves in front of the media.. so they had some jobsworth from the GLA emailing me at the last minute with some nonsense about keeping off the grass (and ‘kindly’ offering us an alternative venue in Trafalgar Square some 4 hours later… which would have made the protest completely pointless and poorly-attended).

(Psst! Please keep off the grass. Ring any bells?)

But what makes this totally New Labour is the all-too-common tactic of earnestly calling for an open debate on this or that, but not before removing all those who wish to contribute an opposing view:

Bloggerheads December 29, 2005:

You may also wish to note that – in recent statements regarding extraordinary rendition – both Straw and Blair echo Craig Murray’s concerns that using intelligence gained by torture is ‘morally, legally and practically wrong’.

They do this while claiming to be unaware of any actual instance of torture, but they can only continue to do so while Murray remains gagged.

The writing was on the wall during the 2005 General Election when Craig Murray, standing as an independent candidate in Straw’s constituency of Blackburn, was excluded from a public debate. It wasn’t until Murray was forcibly removed from the building that Jack Straw felt confident enough to deliver the following answer to this question:

Constituent: “This question is for Mr Straw; Have you ever read any documents where the intelligence has been procured through torturous means?”

Jack Straw: “Not to the best of my knowledge… let me make this clear… that the British government does not support torture in any circumstances. Full stop. We do not support the obtaining of intelligence by torture, or its use.”

UPDATE – Listen to this exchange, and a following interview, here via Blairwatch.

(PS – I think it’s pretty obvious why Team Blair have chosen a non-networking no-comment yes-man to blog from the conference… independent thought can lead to logical conclusions.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 15, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

The Daily – Exclusive: Clare Short to step down amid controversy (Sep 11): In a controversial speech to an academic symposium this afternoon, she said that she wanted to be free to advocate a hung parliament so that the Lib Dems could “do a deal” to ensure PR. She did not specify that the deal would be with Labour, and pointedly noted that “PR is now in the objective interests of the Conservatives”. She expected to see “the Labour Party crumble as the Tories did [in 1997]” but a social democratic party to rise from the ashes.

BBC – Clare Short resignation letter in full (Sep 12)

Independent – Clare Short: I’m standing down so I can speak the truth (Sep 14): The Labour Party has lost its way, our constitutional arrangements are broken and the gap between the political elite and the country grows ever wider… Stay and fight, some argue. But there is no discussion of policy any more. The challenge to Blair and discussions of a new leadership are confined to personalities and all commit to continue the Blair errors. My conclusion is that the key to the change we need is a hung parliament which will bring in electoral reform. Then we would have a second election. Labour – with existing levels of support – would have one-third of the seats in the Commons, the Tories something similar, and we would be likely to see some Greens and others added, creating a plurality of voices and power centres in the Commons. British politics would then change profoundly. Parliament, and in turn the people, would have to be listened to, Cabinet government would return, the error-prone arrogance of Number 10 would end, and we would have a chance of creating a new politics, a more civilised country and a more honourable role in the world.

Independent – Short faces expulsion from Labour Party (Sep 15): The Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, announced yesterday that she is lodging a complaint with Labour’s national executive, arguing that Ms Short has broken a rule which bars any party member from encouraging electors to vote against a Labour candidate. “We have had calls coming in from MPs all day about this, and people are very angry,” a party source said. “Jacqui has written to Clare twice before about her interesting thoughts that her parliamentary colleagues should be defeated. Previously we tried to arrange a meeting with four or five of the most marginal MPs who wanted to talk to her about it, but she refused.”

Independent – Arrogance and insecurity (Sep 15): In lambasting Ms Short, Ms Smith and the Parliamentary Labour Party are only revealing their own insecurity and guaranteeing greater publicity for her views.

I’ll second that… and add this:

Listen to Teh Boobs!With the subtle use of the phrase “interesting thoughts” – New Labour has yet again shown its uglier side, with the repeated suggestions that those who oppose Blair only do so because they are mentally challenged and/or unbalanced.

The Scum have an even more … erm… interesting viewpoint….

It would appear that everything that Clare Short says can be ignored because she’s not attractive (so it goes without saying that – for informed comment – one should turn to Page 3):

Today Keeley (19, from Kent) is “over the moon” that MP Clare Short is ‘on the way out’ and says; “Page 3 girls and the fans will be glad to see the back of her – mind you, who’d want to see the front of her.”

(For the record, I currently disagree with Clare Short on the subject of boobies in ‘news’ papers and think that Page 3 should stay exactly where it is… on the condition that The Sun takes its rightful place on the top shelf as a result.)

Blair Watch – Clare Short – Too Little and Too Late: I’ve said it before but Labour Party members remind me of battered wives, clinging on to a distant past, swearing that they can change things and making excuses for the abuse.

I’d also agree with that. All of the True Believers who can’t resist a dig at Clare Short’s Iraq two-step will one day have to do a two-step of their own when they are forced to protect their seat by declaring to the world that they had been lied to. Why, if only they had been told the truth…

Why, if only they had been paying attention, more like.

These same people even have the audacity to proclaim that Clare Short doesn’t stand for ‘Labour values’.

Do torture and murder count as Labour values? I don’t think so…. that’s why I spend so much time going for Blair’s throat.

But the blame can’t be put entirely upon Blair; there’s also the corrupting influence of power to deal with… one very good reason to begin a serious debate about proportional representation.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 13, 2006

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Tony 'King Blair

Boobs! Unity! Boobs!What better way to achieve unity than to launch an attack?

Ignore the almost uniquely positive view of Blair’s performance at the TUC conference (and Blair – again – attempting to claim the moral high ground by climbing to the top of the mountain of bodies he has created).

Instead, simply note how closely Blair’s stance matches that of the editorial, and the ‘opinion’ of the girl who appears on Page 3 with her jugs out.

Also note the poisonous attacks against ‘lefties’ who – we are assured – are wholly responsible for repeated attempts to undermine the Labour Party and will no doubt hand power back to the Conservatives if allowed to continue their rampage unchecked.

Tony Blair:

“You are entitled to do this. But you must realise those who are hostile to a Labour government and everything we want to achieve, you are doing precisely what they want. Not very sensible.”

Tony Blair:

“And now we have had three terms of Labour government for the first time ever in 100 years of trying. And every year I’ve come to the TUC as prime minister. But remember the 18 years before, when you never had sight nor sound of a prime minister. For 18 years, you were addressed by the leader of the opposition. The problem with that title is that it’s true to what it says on the tin: the leader opposes. The leader doesn’t do, because he has no power to do anything. However difficult it is, however fraught our relations from time to time, make no mistake: I want the TUC to carry on being addressed by a Labour PM, not go back to being addressed by the leader of the opposition.”

Rebekah Wade:

“What an irrelevance unions have become. The orchestrated walkout by placard-waving hardliners as Tony Blair spoke to the TUC was petulant and stupid. As well as downright disrespectful to the man who, no thanks to them, got their once unelectable party into power after 18 years in opposition. These deluded dinosaurs think that by childishly hollering “troops out” at the PM they speak for us all. They should remember this: Blair was re-elected by the British people just 16 months ago, despite all the flak he was taking over Iraq. If it wasn’t for him the TUC would play host each year to the leader of a permanent opposition. How conveniently these fools forget the enormous changes Blair brought about for their members – and which the TUC should unreservedly applaud: economic stability, more people in work and a minimum wage. Instead Bob Crow thinks it is somehow within his remit to accuse Blair of killing thousands of British servicemen. Meanwhile the TGWU’s Tony Woodley naively expects the Prime Minister to publicly apologise to the TUC for the Iraq war. What planet are they on? OK, so they opposed the Iraq invasion. But surely they and their members should now welcome the new democracies – and union rights – in place there and in Afghanistan. Gordon Brown did well to stand firmly behind his boss and publicly condemn the protests. That’s the kind of outspokenness The Sun demanded of him if he’s to look like a PM-in-waiting. We look forward to more of it at the party conference this month. Blair rightly pointed out with some anger that the turmoil union hardliners seem set on causing within Labour plays into Tory hands. But you wonder if they don’t feel more at home yelling slogans from the opposition trenches anyway. The Bob Crows of this world won’t be happy until Labour is back in the hands of the 1970s-style Lefties voters no longer tolerate. Many Sun readers are in unions. They want and deserve a modern, progressive movement which is in touch with 2006, not this backwards-looking rabble. What a breath of fresh air that would be. How delighted Blair must now be to have given his last TUC speech. Yesterday’s troublemakers were in a minority. But the rest were too timid to send him off with anything but a 23-second ripple of applause. It was a disgracefully lacklustre farewell for a Labour Prime Minister of nearly ten years’ standing. Union membership is collapsing, and no wonder. In another few years they’ll struggle to fill a conference hall.”

Sexy Ami (who was sad to see Tony Blair booed at yesterday’s TUC conference):

“Delegates were daft to jeer and walk out when Blair was speaking. I’m just glad that Gordon Brown backed Blair on this occasion”

On this occasion. Aren’t you glad we live in times when glamour models can have their words so carefully chosen for them?

UPDATE (14 Sep) – OK, folks… it’s all over. Move along… nothing to see here!

Zoe (24, from London) is relieved that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have finally ended their rift. She says: “Hopefully they can get on with running the country and end all the bad blood. I think the whole bust-up didn’t do them – or Labour – any favours.”

Zoe speaks the truth!








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 11, 2006

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Take a look at this (spotted by Dizzy):

Domain name: johnson4leader.co.uk
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Domain name: johnson4leader.org.uk
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Domain name: johnson4leader.com
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Domain name: johnson4leader.org
Registrant: David Taylor
Registered on: 05-Sep-2006

Look at the dates; before there was an alleged plot by Brownites to depose Blair, there was an actual plot by Blairites to undermine the Chancellor and push Alan Johnson as the next PM!

In the last hour, Taylor has started redirecting these domains to the home page of U.S. Senator Tim Johnson in a pathetic attempt to throw people off the scent. But he – and Blair – are totally busted. So much for calls for unity.

UPDATE – At the same as he registered these domain names, David Taylor also registered alanjohnson.info, davecameron.org.uk, gordonbrown.org (which you’re already familiar with), and thelabourparty.net, *plus* the following back-ups for an existing project, just so no-one could hijack him, I suppose: transpero.org.uk, transpero.info, transpero.org, transpero.co.uk (why, it’s almost as if David had a little bit of cash lying around and thought ‘what the hell’…)

UPDATE – Now David Taylor’s trying his puppy-dog act on Dizzy.

IMHO, David should abandon his dream of becoming the next Alastair Campbell; Ali-C doesn’t care who thinks he’s a bastard, and is just a little bit better at covering his tracks on covert operations.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 9, 2006

Category: It's War! It's Legal! It's Lovely!, The Political Weblog Movement, Tony 'King Blair

For Queen and Country: Tonight’s example of New Labour Delusion comes from the website Keeping the Faith. This is a pro-Blair website set up to support the beleaguered Tony Blair. It has a list of 50 achievements during his time in office… Anyway, the one that has really offended me, is this gem, according to the site, one of Blair’s top achievements is – 16. Banned anti-personnel mines – If just one of those Blair supporting goons can tell me what sweet fuck all good that does when Cluster Bombs are being dropped like confetti in Iraq, Afghanistan and by the Israelis in Lebanon (thanks to our government for letting them pass through our airports), then I’ll personally vote New Labour at the next election.

And napalm, Daz. You forgot to mention napalm.

PS – Remember Gareth Davies? He’s chipped in with this little effort to help David Taylor achieve the status of hapless victim and – 18 months after our original exchange – he *still* hasn’t managed/bothered to answer this question: “Do you support detention without trial based on intelligence gained through torture?”

UPDATE (11 Sep) – Sounds like a ‘yes’ to me.








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