"British Labor Party leader Tony Blair has assiduously courted the Jewish community... After 18 years of unremitting Conservative government...Here are some of the things Margaret Thatcher said about Blair:
The British Jewish community appears ready to join the stampede and sweep the Labor Party's Tony Blair to power... Blair has repeatedly pledged that he would 'not repeat the mistakes of previous Labor leaders during the Eighties,' who were regarded as insensitive, if not antipathetic, to Jewish causes, notably Israel...
Blair, a lawyer by training and by instinct... established New Labor as the natural inheritor of a free-enterprise, free-market Britain that had been the clarion call of the Conservatives. Blair's message appears to be playing well among the Jewish community, which... views the institutions of the European Union as a safeguard against xenophobia and future outbursts of antisemitism...
British Jews... have become so accustomed to 'Jews in high places' that they appear unmoved even when the Conservative banner is carried by such prominent figures and friends as Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind and Home Secretary Michael Howard, both of whom are Jewish... Sources close to Blair say the Jewish community has nothing to fear from New Labor...
British Jews, particularly since the Thatcher era, have become comfortable and confident in their British skins... Moreover, the proliferation of Jewish politicians at the most senior levels in British politics - five in Thatcher's cabinet... served to reinforce an assertive self-confidence...
The party is... expected to be represented in parliament by a member who has been described as the 'mother of all candidates' - Oona King, a 30-year-old, right-wing, black, Jewish, woman candidate."
"He is trying to take over my policies." (1997)
"I salute Tony Blair's strong and bold leadership." (9 December 2002)
"Mr Blair and the Labour Party sound too much like us." (April 2003)
"For years, many governments played down the threats of Islamic revolution, turned a blind eye to international terrorism and accepted the development of weaponry of mass destruction... Our own Prime Minister was staunch." (May, 2003)The March 1999, issue of The International Socialism Journal stated:
"Under Blair's government it has increasingly been like the old days under the Tories... Blair's central assumption... allowing free rein to businessmen to 'create wealth' will solve all his other problems, is increasingly prone to criticism...In his year 2000 book, God's Politicians: the Christian contribution to 100 years of Labour, Graham Dale, the Director of the Christian Socialist Movement in the UK writes:
The logic of following the markets meant... praising the epitome of deregulated capitalism, Rupert Murdoch. Blair even travelled to Australia to address a conference of NewsCorp Murdoch executives in 1995.
During his election campaign, Blair went out of his way to appease big business... Blair increasingly acts as someone who believes in democracy as long as everyone agrees with him...
Mandelson is the architect of the whole New Labour project, was the closest to Blair in the cabinet, and was the most keen to cultivate new friends among the rich, powerful and right wing,-these ranged from Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth to Camilla Parker Bowles and Carla Powell, the right wing Tory socialite. It was to entertain such people that he used the loan to buy himself a half million pound house in London's Notting Hill...
Mandelson is the most hated man inside the Labour Party... When it was suggested soon after his resignation that he would return to cabinet within the current parliament there was uproar in the Parliamentary Labour Party. There has still been no adequate explanation of how Mandelson has financed his expensive lifestyle on an MP's salary. His departure is damaging for Blair who relied on him as a loyal and determined ally...
Tim Allan, former Blair press adviser in Downing Street, is now a boss of Murdoch's BSkyB. Benjamin Wegg-Prosser, adviser to Peter Mandelson, rapidly found new employment as assistant to the editor of Murdoch's Sun.
It is hardly news that Blair is friendly to big business... But the scale of businessmen's involvement in government and its entourage and Blair's sheer enthusiasm for businessmen surprised many people. Far from these people showing entrepreneurship or obtaining effective results, several of the most prominent have been dismal failures...
Geoffrey Robinson, a multi-millionaire businessman who was supposed to bring his acumen to government, has been forced out of office by the Mandelson loan scandal, but was already subject to other sleaze allegations...
It is also noticeable how many Tories have gained jobs through Blair's appointments, from David Mellor to Lord Wakeham. But the most revealing of Blair's new found friends, however, lie within the ranks of his advisers and policymakers, where former members of the SDP and the Liberal Party have found a new and comfortable home advising New Labour...
It is an open secret that the TUC leaders and the various heads of unions feel betrayed and outcast by Downing Street. Far from receiving favours from Labour, they are forced to stand by while the big bosses, many of them anti-union, have the ear of Tony Blair".
"We are more convinced than ever of the need to bring Christian Socialist voices to bear on policy and we're excited about the receptiveness of Government to listen to us."Tony Blair wrote the foreword to Dale's book.
In his 2002 essay, Christian Socialism: The historical and contemporary significance of Christian socialism within the Labour Party, Robert Leach told us more:
"The close alignment of the CSM with New Labour can be seen in its attempts to influence policy... the Christian Socialist Movement 'was asked to contribute directly to the drafting of the Labour Party's manifesto' in 2001... the CSM published its own 'mini-manifesto'... its priorities coincided fairly closely with Labour's official manifesto".In the March 2000, issue of The Ecologist magazine, the award-winning investigative journalist, Greg Palast, said this:
"In his heart, Tony Blair must hate Britain. This prime minister despises a nation lost in 'How Green Was My Valley', weepy over the shutting of filthy coal pits.... The traditional Left sees in the PM a hypocrite; toady to corporate campaign donors, traitor to Labour Party ideals.At the website, Bible Theology Ministries Online, a Mr. K.B. Napier tells us this:
A Mr Bob Spooner, writing to the stalwart gazette 'Left Labour Briefing', huffs: 'Tony Blair has betrayed everything that the early Socialists believed in!', as if the PM could betray ideals that he never had. Even those who merrily voted New Labour have the uncomfortable suspicion that (he is) just an empty suit pulled this way and that by focus-group puppeteers'...
Tony Blair may be the most idealistic, visionary leader in the non-Moslem world. That should scare you... What on earth would move the Prime Minister of Britain to hop like a bunny to Bill Clinton's bidding, to let America swallow his own nation's power industry... to grant special waivers to Texan corporations which ultimately, contracts or not, will seal Britain's coal mines?"
"The Swiss theologian, Hans Küng... is professor of fundamental theology at Tübingen University... He loves the limelight... He is seen often in the company of world leaders and aspires to be one himself. There is a truism that behind every great man there is someone else pulling the strings. In this case, the truism is correct, for Küng manipulates world order and politics through his 'enlightened' form of Roman Catholicism and humanism.In July 2000, Tony Blair said this during a speech at Hans Küng's theological University in Tübingen, Germany:
His influence over British politics should not be underestimated.
Tony Blair, an 'almost-there' Catholic, is married to a staunch Roman Catholic wife, who champions the homosexual cause. They send their children to Catholic schools and attend Catholic Mass, having many Catholic priestly friends.
Hans Küng is acknowledged by Blair to be his mentor and Blair openly says that his own political stance is influenced strongly by Küng's theology and worldview. Thus, Britain is being steered toward the Romanist fold via politics.
Mr Blair attended a conference in the summer of 2000, led by Küng, who gave audience to many world leaders. Blair himself met privately with the man to discuss the future of Britain. Make no mistake about it - Küng's Romanist hand is firmly on Britain's helm!
Kung is an established writer of significance and his books are read avidly by world leaders... To him there are no real distinctions between any of the world religions and this is a key to understanding his stance, which is 'inter-cultural and inter-religious'...
The constant conferences and studies held by Küng led to the 'Declaration Towards a Global Ethic'. This was endorsed in Chicago, 1993, by the so-called 'Parliament of the World's Religions'...
The Foundation is to 'support wider initiatives and projects in line with its aims'... The basis of it all will be the 'Parliament' made up of all the major world religions... thus bringing much closer the One World Government spoken of by ecumenists and New Agers alike, espoused by charismatics worldwide, and already underscored by historical Roman Catholic schemes...
Even our children will be brainwashed in to accepting, or at least being desensitised by, the work of the Foundation! This is a key organisation... one that is taking us well on the way to a One World Government".
"Küng has written that: 'Nazi anti-Judaism was the work of godless, anti-Christian criminals. But it would not have been possible without the almost two thousand years' pre-history of 'Christian' anti-Judaism'."On 15 September 2001, The Sun's Richard Littlejohn said:
"Churchill and Thatcher stood up FOR the people of Britain. Blair standsup TO them."On 2 May 2001, Littlejohn said:
"Three years ago, Blair slipped Britain a roofie, or whatever that rape drug is called. Now everyone has woken up and discovered they've been screwed."On 24 November 2001, Littlejohn said:
"Blair seems to believe that his mandate comes not from the electorate but direct from God."On 8 December 2001, Littlejohn said:
"Blair is so full of pork pies he should be Mayor of Melton Mowbray".Which says it all, really.
At the Ruttenberg Lecture in November, 2001, Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, top Bilderberger and High Priest of the New World Order, praised the special relationship between Britain and the US and applauded Tony Blair for his support.
Encouraging the destruction of the regime in Afghanistan, he said:
"There cannot be an ambiguous outcome to the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban has to be eliminated and bin Laden and his network has to be unambiguously destroyed... I know of no other leaders that have so identified the experiences of New York and Washington with the attitudes of their own people as those of the British government... there is still a very special attitude in the relationship between our two countries, and this relationship should be preserved in the years ahead and for the challenges that are clearly facing us".Kissinger (born Avraham ben Eliezer) was speaking before an audience which included Michael Howard, future leader of the Conservative Party.
Kissinger and Howard are both Jewish.
James Rubin, who is also Jewish, was Assistant Secretary of State under Clinton and is has beem Visiting Professor in International Relations at the LSE.
He was seen several times on British television debating the merits of the case for War with Richard Perle. In truth it wasn't much of a debate. The Democrat and the Neocon seemed to agree most of the time. On 18 December 2001, Rubin said:
"Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of your Government, has become almost a folk hero in our country."On 4 March 2002, in an article titled, War Without End, The Guardian reported thus:
"Suspicions persist that the Bush administration is content to watch the conflict simmer while, shamefully egged on by Tony, the little trumpet boy, it plots war in Iraq."On 15 April 2002, John Kampfner wrote the following in The New Statesman:
"The roots of the British government's current policy towards the Middle East can be traced back to... Brighton in the autumn of 1994. 'To define yourself as new Labour, you had to prove your credentials as pro-business, anti-tax and pro-Israel,' says one party official. 'Palestinian sympathies were the preserve of the old left and we quite simply had to get rid of ours if we wanted to get on.'Tam Dalyell, former MP for Linlithgow and 'Father' of the House when the Iraq War began, was, by common consent, the most honourable and decent man to have graced the Commons for many a year. On 7 June 2002, 10 months before Gulf War II began, The Telegraph reported thus:
At Blair's first party conference as leader, Labour Friends of Israel assembled in a huge turnout for its main meeting of the week. Every aspiring young apparatchik felt the need to attend. They did then. They still do...
Enter Lord Levy. According to those who have seen them together, Blair simply feels comfortable in the opulent home of the one-time pop impresario who turned Alvin Stardust into a household name. Levy brought with him, not just large donations from other wealthy, London Jewish business figures, but their values, too".
"Tam Dalyell, the veteran Labour MP, last night said Tony Blair was a worse leader than Margaret Thatcher and consigned him to last place when he ranked the eight Prime Ministers he had known in his parliamentary career… Even Michael Foot was rated a more effective leader by Mr Dalyell, despite presiding over Labour's disastrous election defeat in 1983.On 27 March, 2003, The Guardian featured an interview with Dalyell, in which he said:
Mr Dalyell condemned Mr Blair's ‘presidential’ style… The MP for Linlithgow said Mr Wilson, Mr Callaghan, John Smith, Hugh Gaitskell, Mr Foot and Neil Kinnock were all better leaders".
"My constituency Labour party has just voted to recommend that Tony Blair reconsider his position as party leader… I agree with this motion. I also believe that… he should be branded as a war criminal and sent to The Hague."Finally, on 18 January 2004, The Sunday Telegraph ran this Colin Brown article:
"Mr Dalyell confided to me that he had changed his opinion of Mr Blair. ‘He is not the worst,’ said Mr Dalyell last week. ‘He is by far the worst.’On 25 July 2002, The Mirror reported thus:
Mr Dalyell, 71, announced last week that he would retire at the next election after more than 40 years at Westminster. Mr Blair, perhaps thankful that his adversary was quitting, led the tributes to him.
‘Fiercely independent, Tam's persistence in pursuing causes close to his heart is legendary,’ Mr Blair told the House. The kind remarks by the Prime Minister cut little ice with the member for Linlithgow who, as the longest-serving MP, is also Father of the House…
‘Tony should go,’ he declared. ‘And he should take his friend Lord Falconer with him’."
"PM Accused Of Backing The Death Merchants... Britain sold military equipment worth £22.5million to the Israelis last year, almost doubling the deals since the Palestinian uprising began two years ago. A total of 299 separate contracts were agreed by the Government in 2001 alone."On 26 July 2002, The Mirror quoted Adrian Lovett, the Campaigns Director of Oxfam, thus:
"How can we explain Tony Blair's answers to this moral dilemma to the innocent people killed and maimed by British components used in Israeli air strikes? The reasonable majority of British people will find this a very depressing admission which negates our claim to be a moral force in the world."In the same edition of The Mirror, Richard Bingley said:
"The Prime Minister's emphatic defence of the indefensible raises questions about his sense of morality... The near-doubling of sales to Israel at such a time of tragedy is scandalous... the Government is facilitating this trade in death."On 9 August 2002, Alison Swersky reported thus at the Totally Jewish website:
"The Labour Friends of Israel is routinely consulted by Tony Blair on Middle East policy. The pro-Israel lobby group is also seen by budding backbenchers as a way of climbing the ministerial ranks."On 11 August 2002, The Northern Echo, the local newspaper of the Sedgefield constituency, polled 887 constituents chosen at random and interviewed over the phone.
64.6 per cent were against the looming war. Just 17.6 per cent of Tony Blair's constituents felt he would be right to support a US attack on Iraq. The Echo said:
"No one we contacted in the past week had a good, or sympathetic, word to say about Saddam. But time and again, our pollsters were told that people wanted real evidence that he possesses weapons of mass destruction before they were prepared to think about supporting a war.In May 2005, 24,429 members of the Sedgefield electorate voted for Tony Blair.
There was concern that Mr Blair is clinging too tightly to US President George Bush's coat-tails, and that diplomacy and the UN weapons inspectors had not been given enough time...
There was a deep worry that innocent civilians in Iraq would be the ones to suffer most from an attack... people suggested that Mr. Blair was concentrating too much on the world stage and not enough on the problems of the public services closer to home...
Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo, said: 'This represents a clear message to Tony Blair from his own backyard that there is great unease about this country's role in military action against Iraq.'
The feeling of many was summed up by Neil Hetherington, who runs the Nags Head in Sedgefield. He said:
'Tony Blair seems to be like George Bush's puppet. We should only go to war if there is a genuine threat against us'."
Doesn't add up does it? How can a man, so universally despised, rake in so many votes? Are the people up there in Trimdon all thick? Are they brainwashed? Are they just a bunch of groupies, turned on by bad behaviour?
Perhaps the PM and his posse have been reading up on the sayings of Stalin. Uncle Joe once said:
"I care not who votes in an election, I care only who counts the vote".Perhaps he stuck us with the postal vote scam so that he and the Stalinists in his party could last a bit longer. Perhaps, he stuffed a few ballot boxes, perhaps a few got lost.
Perhaps there are a lot of fluffy, little lambs up north who, when it seems safe, will whisper, 'we don't want this war,' but, when it comes to the crunch, will all bleat 'we do want this warmonger' in perfect harmony.
Uncle Joe, as FDR used to call Stalin, is the second-greatest mass murderer of his own people in all human history. They reckon he polished off about sixty million whilst he was in power.
Mao Tse Tung exterminated at least eighty million Chinese before and after the revolution. The wondrous world of Marxism, eh?
Karl Marx was a Jew. Descended from rabbis on both sides of his family. He was such a good Jewish dad that two of his daughters committed suicide.
Tony Blair's only got one daughter. She has tried to commit suicide twice.
In a Channel 4 poll of the 100 Worst Britons We Love To Hate, after more than 100,000 people had voted, Tony Blair came top by a mile.
Margaret Thatcher came third. I remember being very encouraged by this at the time. To see two of the greatest traitors this country has ever produced in first and third seemed to suggest that there are plenty out there who have been paying attention to the onward march of everything awful over the last decade or so.
Jordan, Katie Price of plastic bosom fame, came second by the way.
Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Stephen 'Lyers' Byers, John Prescott, Lord Derry Irving, Peter Tatchell, Edwina Currie, Cherie Blair, Nigella Lawson, Vanessa Feltz, Tracy Emmin, Posh Spice, Geri Haliwell, Naomi Campbell, Cliff Richard, Elton John, Ben Elton and Ian Duncan-Smith also appeared in the top 100.
I wonder whom the Sedgefield teletubbies and the Trimdon sheeple would have voted for? Shakespeare, Nelson and Alfred the Great, probably.
Here are some of the things Richard Perle, a man who has been described alternatively as the 'eminence grise' and the 'Prince of Darkness' within the Bush junior government, has said this about Tony Blair:
"Tony Blair has shown extraordinary courage in defending Western values in the Balkans, in combating international terrorism, and in the current confrontation with Saddam... I have no doubt he [Mr Bush] would act alone if necessary. But he will not be alone when the time comes. Neither the president nor the British Prime Minister will be deflected by Saddam's diplomatic charm offensive, the feckless moralising of 'peace' lobbies or the unsolicited advice of retired generals."
"It is to the credit of Prime Minister Blair that despite that antiwar sentiment, he is leading in the direction that he believes is right for his country... I make no apology for the fact that public opinion is not solidly behind the thinking of the American president or the British Prime Minister, or Berlusconi or Aznar and others. There is leadership in Europe and there is a failure of leadership in Europe".
"I think Tony Blair's moral sense is, very much reflected in the thinking of many Neoconservatives... Tony Blair does have a fundamental understanding of this. That for justice and liberty to prevail in the world, force sometimes has to be used... I think Tony Blair is a kind of neo conservative, despite himself."Perle is Jewish.
In September 2002, following the release of Tony Blair's 'dodgy dossier,' George W. Bush said:
"Prime Minister Blair is a very strong leader and I admire his willingness to tell the truth and to lead. He has continued to make the case... that Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace...In July 2003, George Bush said:
The United States and our friends will act because we believe in peace. We want to keep the peace and we don't trust this man and that's what the Blair report showed today."
"The prime minister once again showed the qualities that have marked his entire career. Tony Blair is a leader of conviction, of passion and of moral clarity. He is a true friend of the American people."In January 2003, Robert Kagan, the neoconservative co-founder of PNAC and Associate Editor of the Rupert Murdoch owned Weekly Standard, said this in The Washington Post:
"To appreciate fully the unparalleled political and moral courage of Tony Blair, Jose Maria Aznar and the other six European leaders who called for solidarity with the United States in a statement published in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, you really have to live in Europe and feel the mood out here. Never mind that Blair, Aznar, Silvio Berlusconi, et al. planted themselves at the side of President Bush in the coming confrontation with Iraq, at a time when polls in Britain, Spain, Italy and elsewhere around Europe show opposition to American policy running at 70 percent or higher. And never mind that they insisted America's war on terrorism must be Europe's war, too, at a time when... most Europeans do not feel the slightest bit threatened by international terrorism...Kagan is Jewish.
This was nothing compared with the unabashed pro-Americanism of their declaration. The eight European leaders actually wrote of 'American bravery, generosity and farsightedness'... Such sentiments are pure heresy these days in Europe, where anti-Americanism has reached a fevered intensity...
The suspicion, fear and loathing of the United States couldn't be thicker. In London, where Tony Blair has to go to work every day, one finds Britain's finest minds propounding... the conspiracy theories... concerning the 'neoconservative' (read: Jewish) hijacking of American foreign policy...
At a conference I recently attended in Barcelona, an esteemed Spanish intellectual earnestly asked why, if the US wants to topple vicious dictatorships that manufacture WMD, it is not also invading Israel.
Yes, I know, there are Americans who ask such questions, too... but here's what Americans need to understand: in Europe, this paranoid, conspiratorial anti-Americanism is not a far-left or far-right phenomenon. It's the mainstream view...
The 'European street' is more anti-American than ever before... History offers few examples of political leaders willing to sail head-on into such gale-force winds. That is why Blair and his colleagues deserve so much admiration...
In a few months, Blair and his colleagues may come out of this stronger for having the guts to take an unpopular stand now."
In February 2003, the world's leading media Zionist, Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Sun, the now defunct News of the World, The Times, The Sunday Times, Sky TV and, in Washington, The Weekly News, said this to The Bulletin, an Australian magazine:
"I think Tony is being extraordinarily courageous and strong on what his stance is in the Middle East. It's not easy to do that living in a party which is largely composed of people that have a knee-jerk anti-Americanism and are sort of pacifist.On 31 March 2003, Matthew Parris said the following in The Times:
He's shown great guts, as he did, I think, in Kosovo and over various problems in the old Yugoslavia...
We can't back down now... I think Bush is acting very morally, very correctly."
"Most of us have experienced the discomfort of watching a friend go off the rails. At first his oddities are dismissed as eccentricities. An absurd assertion, a lunatic conviction, a sudden enthusiasm or unreasonable fear, are explained as perhaps due to tiredness, or stress, or natural volatility. We do not want to face the truth that our friend has cracked up...On 16 March 2003, a few days before Bush and Blair invaded Iraq, Thomas Friedman, the influential New York Times columnist reported thus:
I will accept the charge of discourtesy, but not of flippancy, when I ask whether Tony Blair may now have become, in a serious sense of that word, unhinged".
"What does Tony Blair get that George Bush doesn't? The only way I can explain it is by a concept from the Kabbalah called 'tikkun olam.' It means, 'to repair the world'...In December 2002, Friedman stated that the Democratic party in the United States had only one viable candidate for the Presidency in 2004: Tony Blair!
Tony Blair constantly puts the struggle for a better Iraq within a broader context of moral concerns. Tony Blair always leaves you with the impression that for him the Iraq war is just one hammer and one nail in an effort to do tikkun olam, to repair the world."
"He's tough on national security, has an alternative global vision, people like him and he is a beautiful, reassuring speaker".Friedman is Jewish.
In May 2003, former Cabinet minister Tony Benn said this on LBC Radio:
"I believe the Prime Minister lied to us and lied to us and lied to us... The whole war was built upon falsehood and I think the long-term damage will be to democracy in Britain."In June 2003, Clare Short, MP, former International Development Secretary, said this:
"I now am convinced that Tony Blair agreed a date for the war with George Bush when he went to Camp David in September...In a March 2004, a survey of 5,000 children aged between 12 and 18 was carried out in the teen magazine, Bliss.
He, our Prime Minister, had committed us to war by mid February.... we were duped... claiming that the stuff was weaponised and might be used in 45 minutes, was part of the, the secret commitment to a date... We were duped by the Prime Minister... It was all done in Tony Blair's study with Tony Blair on the phone to President Bush...
It became clearer and clearer that there had been some of this duping... given what Rumsfeld has said and what Wolfovitz has said... they were determined to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, and decided to use weapons of mass destruction argument...
And I fear that our Prime Minister had secretly made an agreement with George Bush that come what may we would go in to action... I'm saying there was an exaggeration of what everyone knew to be the case...
I think on a question as big as this, where lots of people have lost their lives, and lots of people in Iraq have lost their lives, the question of, were we duped...
Baghdad is a disaster. Everything is wrecked. It's completely violent. Lots of people are dying from crime. Electricity is only for limited hours. Hospitals aren't functioning properly. The whole humanitarian system can't work properly".
The survey found that 84 per cent thought the sentencing of criminals was 'too soft'. 79 per cent were in favour of sending bogus asylum seekers back to the country they came from. Almost 90% were opposed to the UK joining the euro. 76 per cent said Britain was wrong to go to war with Iraq and 82 per cent 'didn't trust' Tony Blair.
Good for you, kids, good for you. Maybe, one day, you will make up for the foolishness of your immediate ancestors. If you do, I hope this foolish ancestor lives long enough to see it.
In June 2004, Clare Short commented thus:
"What we did in Iraq has brought disgrace and dishonour on Britain around the world."What YOU did, Clare.
What you did, not US. You, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, David Miliband, Harriet Harman, Jack Straw, David Blunkett, Oona King, Peter Hain, Margaret Hodge, Gerald Kaufman, Louise Ellman, David Lammy, Paul Boateng, Denis MacShane, Ben Bradshaw, Stephen Twigg, Chris Bryant, Angela Eagle, Yvette Cooper, Hazel Blears, Caroline Flint, Barbara Follett, Ruth Kelly, Alan Milburn, David Cameron and a PC tonne of ghastly, on-message slaughterers, who wag their tale at everything alien as soon as it sets foot on British soil and slaughters them by the lorry load in their own back yard, went a-slaughtering, Clare. WE did not.
Most of US didn't want the f***ing war and some of us tried hard to stop it before it began. Interesting how all shades of British nationalism were dead set against the war, isn't it? We're the ones who are supposed to hate foreigners, aren't we? At least that's what the Shorts, Blairs, Browns, Mandelsons, Milibands, Harmans, Straws and Camerons keep telling anyone who'll listen.
In July 2003, Business Week Online eulogised the fat cats' hero thus:
"Blair is that rare politician who can keep his eye on the big picture. Part of what makes him a European political star is that he almost never allows himself to be ruffled by the daily storms... Blair uses the word 'radical' a lot, but the truth is that Britain did not need a revolution when he took office in 1997. His predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, had already done most of the heavy lifting... Blair's main task has been consolidating Thatcher's work".Congressman Richard Baker, sponsor of the motion awarding Tony B the Medal of Honour, praised him thus.
"This medal attempts to capture... what most Americans already feel in their hearts: Tony Blair is a hero."Senator Richard Shelby, Chairman of the US Senate Banking Committee, said:
"It would have been relatively easy for Tony Blair to take a less difficult course. Great leaders recognise those critical junctures where politics must take a back seat to the greater interests of the nation and the world."In January 2004, writer & broadcaster Tim Llewellyn, a former long standing BBC Middle East Correspondent, said this:
"To Blair, the Israelis are victims of terror, while the Palestinians are their own worst enemies and must do what they are told...In June 2004, Glenda Jackson, double Oscar winner and New Labour MP, said this:
Blair is very close to Israel. His old crony and party financier, Lord Levy, has been rewarded with the post of special adviser on Middle East matters... Levy is a peer who has close contacts with Israel and a multi-million pound villa near Tel Aviv, his son Daniel Levy worked in the office of Israel's former Justice Minister, Yossi Beilin.
Israeli security is uppermost on Labour's mind. Squatting in the gardens of Kensington is the Israeli embassy with many powerful friends and supporters. The Israeli version of events is often taken as the prevailing wisdom."
"Iraq is the Prime Minister's war... He should resign, clearly. He should have resigned months ago. He is not only an electoral liability nationally, he is a liability internationally too."In July 2004, John Morrison was told that his contract as chief investigator to the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee would not be renewed.
In a Panorama interview, Morrison said that Blair's insistence on the presence of 'weapons of mass destruction' were met with disbelief in Whitehall.
"The Prime Minister was going way beyond anything any professional analyst would have agreed. You could almost hear the collective raspberry going up around Whitehall when Blair told MPs that the threat from Iraq was current and serious".On 13 July 2004, Lord Butler published his report on Iraq.
"We were struck by the relative thinness of the intelligence base supporting the greater firmness of the JIC's judgments on Iraqi production and possession of chemical and biological weapons."The Panorama programme of 20 March 2005, featured former Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, who said:
"He (Blair) saw the evidence. He probably saw more of the evidence than any other single person in government. Therefore he was well placed to judge how thin it was... What surprised me, astonished me, about the September dossier was how one sided it was. It was propaganda, it was not an honest presentation of intelligence".On 6 August 2005, whilst he was holidaying with Sir Cliff Richard at his home in Barbados, one of Tony Blair's fiercest, most respected and most articulate critics died suddenly.
Whilst hill walking with his wife near the summit of Ben Stack in north-west Scotland, Robin Cook fell ill. He was dead before the ambulance arrived.
Tony Blair did not think it appropriate to cut short his holiday in order to attend the funeral of his former Foreign Secretary. At the memorial service in Edinburgh's St. Giles Cathedral, Cook's friend, horse racing pundit, John McCririck, was moved to say:
"I believe the prime minister's snub to Robin's family, to millions of New Labour voters, demonstrates a petty vindictiveness and a moral failure, opting to continue snorkelling instead of doing his duty."McCririck's comments prompted an angry denunciation of his intervention from all manner of Tony Crony and New Labour apparachik. However, as the TV personality said what he said, his views were being broadcast from a loudspeaker to the many who had gathered outside the cathedral. His contemptuous opinion of the Prime Minister's non-attendance prompted a spontaneous round applause from these.
On 10 May 2007, Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, sent this message to Tony Blair as he was making his resignation speech in Sedgfield:
"Don not desert us… You have been a great friend to us. You may be leaving 10 Downing Street, but we don't want you to leave us. (You are) Israel's best friend in the world outside President George Bush… The whole of Israel will be sorry to see you go."On 10 May 2007, US President George W. Bush said this:
"I will miss Tony Blair... I have found him to be a man who's kept his word...I'll miss him, he's a remarkable person and I consider him a good friend."On 10 May 2007, former US President, Bill Clinton, said this:
"Tony Blair... modernised his country's... approach to social problems... and started the global Third Way political movement. His decade of leadership leaves the people of the UK better off economically, more socially just, more respected for world leadership, and well-positioned for the future. I am glad he was there and grateful for our friendship."On 10 May 2007, President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said this:
"Tony Blair has taken Britain from the fringes to the mainstream of the European Union".On 10 May 2007, NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, said this:
"Tony Blair was a leader with a capital L, not a politician who looks at opinion polls first and decides what he is going to do but a leader who leads and I think for me that is the most important feature I could mention about Tony Blair...On 11 May 2007, in an article titled: Best Friend Israel and Jews Ever Had in Downing Street, The Jewish Telegraph eulogised Tony Blair thus:
Despite resistance he thought this was the right course for Great Britain and he did. We all know that Iraq caused a split in the Security Council and the European Union and NATO but, right or wrong, this was Tony Blair thinking that this was the way."
"We will rue the day when Tony Blair is gone… Without equivocation or fear of challenge, Jews and Israel have never had a better friend in Downing Street…On 11 May 2007, Uzi Gafni, Director of the Israel Government Tourist Office in London, said this in The Jewish Telegraph:
He had already shown empathy with the community's needs as shadow home secretary, before assuming the party leadership in 1994… Long before forming an important partnership with Michael Levy, who he later ennobled and appointed as Middle East envoy, Blair regularly attended Labour Friends of Israel functions.
Lord Levy's fundraising has been probed by police and the extent of his peacemaking role has often been questioned. But Blair had his own contacts and was never afraid to make friends with Israeli leaders from across the spectrum.
He has been strong and consistent condemning antisemitism, praising the Community Security Trust…
One of his most impassioned speeches defending Israel was delivered last year in Los Angeles - against the backdrop of the Lebanon war.
'The purpose of the provocation that began the conflict was clear,' he intoned. 'It was to create chaos, division and bloodshed, to provoke retaliation by Israel that would lead to Arab and Muslim opinion being inflamed, not against those who started the aggression but against those who responded to it.'
It used to be said that Harold Wilson was a close friend, James Callaghan understood Israel, Margaret Thatcher really empathised with the community and that John Major was always available to help Israel. The only premier who could be relied upon to be awkward was Edward Heath. But it is Tony Blair, who has been the most consistent, thorough, warm and effective.
HE WILL GO DOWN IN THE ANNALS OF HISTORY AS THE BEST FRIEND ISRAEL WHO EVER INHABITED NUMBER TEN. THE COMMUNITY AND ISRAEL WILL RUE THE DAY WHEN TONY BLAIR IS GONE."
"Mr Blair has been a wonderful friend to Israel… The average Israeli has an extremely high opinion of Mr Blair. They see him as being a good friend of their country."Israel and the warmongers love the man.
Me, you and the mothers of a million poor ghosts do not.