Monday, December 04, 2006

Squeezing Tony till the pips squeak


The former chancellor and "the best Prime Minister we never had" (allegedly), Denis Healey has lashed out furiously at Tony Blair. And we are not talking about being savaged by a dead sheep. In an interview with the Observer yesterday, Healey said that the Blair premiership had shown that "the prime minister can do anything if he wants to ... unfortunately, it was nearly all wrong: the Iraq war, foundation hospitals, university top-up fees - and now cash for peerages." Mr Blair is "still hanging on and no one can be certain he will go. Yet the sooner he goes the better," Lord Healey said.
His Lordship is to be congratulated for his good judgement. One suspects that Healey now bitterly regrets his decision to back Tony Blair to be Leader of the Labour Party within hours of John Smith's death. It was Healey who famously remarked of Neil Kinnock that “ He has never been a Minister, lacks experience, and people know it. In troubled times, the electorate looks for a strong leader and Mrs Thatcher is seen as one”.
Alas, the “Welsh windbag”and Blair share much in common. Both are principle-free “modernising” self-righteous hucksters with an adoration of control-freakery, power and the perks that go with it. But as Kinnock himself once observed “You cannot fashion a wit out of two half-wits.” And that is what Lord Healey seems to have in mind vis-a-vis young Mr Tony. As well as Baron Kinnock who noticeably fails to improve with age.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Healey, perhaps a bigger disaster than Brown as Chancellor, but only very marginally so, and as much an egocentrc pompous twat as Roy Hattersley and also with the same lack of talent and wit, has at least once in his life got something correct.

As you said though, he did back Bliar for leader of Labour, so old labour habits of incompetence do die hard.

Voyager said...

Healey who had two rates of VAT - 25% on luxuries like electronic components and 8% on necessities like TVs.................but then again Shirley Williams was Minister of Consumer Prices and chose to subsidise Danish Blue cheese because proles ate that whereas Blue Stilton was for toffs.


I can never forget Shirley Williams, daughter of Vera Brittain, whose daughter went to St Paul's........who as Education Secretary removed London-weighting from Oxford & Cambridge Student Grants so the lower middle class could bear her Fabian guilt when her daughter did not

Anonymous said...

thats a bad bad picture.. lol

Ellee said...

I would suggest he has blinkered vision - and thoughts - as a result of those eyebrows!

Vol-in-Law said...

I really don't think Kinnock is "principle free". The wrong principles, maybe...

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