Posted by Tim Ireland at June 29, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

A unexpected post-mortem edition of The Friday Thing just arrived in my Inbox, and what a pleasant surprise it was.

Right there alongside a plug for Goodbye, Tony Blair was an excellent summary of Blair’s legacy…

“Sadly, all of the biographers are agreed that it doesn’t matter how hard you try and spin it, Blair’s legacy will forever hinge upon one thing and one thing only: Iraq. Indeed, Iraq is to Tony Blair very much what those 13 murdered women are to Peter Sutcliffe.”

… and a heart-melting moment reminding me of the many intelligent conversations I have enjoyed with those batting for Blair:

(A REMINDER: it often pays to be gentle with these people… a lot of them simply can’t handle a broken bottle in the rectum without a little foreplay.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 28, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Tch… jobs for Straw and that waste of space Hoon.

What a shame. I was looking forward to backing the PM for a change.

Oh, and did everybody catch the bright idea that struck Lord Goldsmith as the door was hitting him on the arse?

The word ‘chutzpa’ springs to mind… along with another word beginning with ‘c’.

(Psst! David Miliband will now be forced to move his ‘blog’… again. It’s comforting to have a forward-thinking individual in charge of foreign affairs.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 26, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Goodbye, Tony!27 June 2007
11am – 1pm: Downing St / Parliament Square

Tomorrow, sometime after 11am, Tony Blair will be ferried from Downing Street for the last time as Prime Minister, on his way to his last PMQs at the helm (scheduled for 12pm-12:30pm).

Right after I drop off a little present for our departing Prime Minister, I’ll be somewhere between Downing St and Parliament Square to witness this short but momentous journey, and I invite you to join me.

(Please remember that if you do turn up to see the motorcade pass that Tony Blair is sensitive to loud noises.)

After PMQs, Blair will head to Buckingham Palace to hand in his notice… and it’s expected to be all over by 1pm at the latest.

Of course, Gordon Brown will be doing something of marginal interest very shortly after this… something to do with forming a new government this and announcing a new cabinet that… so Westminster is bound to be a very busy/interesting place tomorrow afternoon, and if you’re not ‘from the village’ one of the best places to watch it all unfold is the Red Lion.

27 June 2007
1pm – 6pm: The Red Lion

There will be beer.

There will be comings and goings.

There will be drama and intrigue.

If Brown appoints someone like Jack Straw to his cabinet, there is even likely to be some outrage.

But mostly there will be beer.

Again, I invite you to join me… especially as it’s going to be my last drop of alcohol for a very, very long time.

Cheers all.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 26, 2007

Category: Christ...

Unity has some lovely background on the latest Silver Ring Thing disturbance.

You may also want to check out this old Bloggerheads post about Silver Ring Thing founder and director Denny Pattyn and this little item about their funding.

UPDATE – Learn more about the lovely Denise Pfeiffer.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 26, 2007

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

Told you so.

Here we go, with helpful input from the lovely Mel and Becky:

The ups and downs of the game within 48 hours. Rebekah Wade must be feeling frisky…

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 25, 2007

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

The Times – Brown to allow Iraq protests: Gordon Brown is to make a symbolic gesture to critics of the Iraq war by allowing antiwar protesters to demonstrate and march outside parliament. This will reverse legislation introduced by Tony Blair two years ago to restrict the rights of people to camp on Parliament Square and install banners criticising the government.

Guardian – Brown to lift protest restrictions: The Sunday Times said it had seen a memo from Sir Richard Mottram, chairman of the joint intelligence committee, indicating that the change in the law was to be accompanied by plans to bolster defences at key Westminster sites with walls and bollards.

Rikki’s not buying it, but it’s an imperfect report to start with (the ridiculous SOCPA law bans all forms of protest at many locations, not just those pertaining to Iraq… and it’s pretty much left up to the police to decide what gets targeted and what doesn’t).

I’ll reserve judgement until the move is clarified or actually made.

Besides, this morning we have a far more important issue to deal with… will Brown call a snap election? will Brown be as reliant on Murdoch as Blair?

It’s no fun watching your PM getting bitch-slapped by a foreign media owner over crime/immigration/EU/etc. – and that’s the price for collusion with Murdoch.

And, of course, the not-quite-a-leak about the possible lifting of protest restrictions comes to us via a Murdoch publication.

Now, where was I?

The Sun: Page 3 - 25 June 2007Oh, yes… will Brown call a snap election? will Brown be as reliant on Murdoch as Blair?

Well, let’s ask the girl on Page 3, shall we?

Today, Nikkala (24, from Middlesex) looks positively startled as she congratulates Gordon Brown on becoming leader, expresses ‘her’ view that a snap election is a great idea and says; “An election victory would be the ideal way to stamp his authority on the country.”

Remarkably, this opinion matches perfectly with the following front-page article:

The Sun – Brown: Election within a year: Gambler Gordon Brown will call a General Election inside a YEAR. The most likely date is next June, but he could shock the nation with a snap poll this autumn. Mr Brown was crowned Labour Party leader yesterday before he takes over from Tony Blair as PM on Wednesday. But he already wants to secure a fresh mandate from the British people within 12 months.

Sadly, the Sun Says editorial is reserved for some Harriet-bashing, but at least they used the word ‘fresh mandate’ in their lead article.

It was fun watching the Tories run around insisting that Brown had no mandate when they knew very well that they had to abandon their ‘Vote Blair, Get Brown’ campaign slogan when they realised that this was exactly what Labour activists were saying on doorsteps around the country during the 2005 election.

[Also today in the Sun… the red menace goes green, as promised. If I were paranoid, I would assign significance to their using a winking loggerhead turtle as one of the three cuddly endangered animals in the relevant TV advertisements for the campaign.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 23, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Goodbye, Tony Blair is currently the 3rd search result in YouTube for ‘Tony Blair’.

Nothing beats the simple pleasure of a good search result. It’s fun to be calculated as relevant.


Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

After I blogged that I’d been passed straight over to Emap’s lawyers, I called those lawyers (Wiggin) and was informed that I was, in fact, to expect an email from the picture editor for Zoo Weekly (i.e. the individual I had initially contacted).

That email just arrived.

Emap have:

– Apologised for using my image without permission

– Assured me that, in future, they will only include material where they have consent in advance

– Offered to pay the invoice

I may be expanding on this early next week, but for now, that’s the situation in a nutshell.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Goodbye, Tony Blair features in the latest B3ta newsletter.

Oh, and is it just me, or do people of a rightward-leaning persuasion have trouble appreciating Part II?

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Humanity

Watch this, then read this.

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