Tuesday, June 26, 2007

No respite from Blair


When John Major left 10 Downing Street in 1997, he gracefully retired to the cricket fields. Tony has no such plan. Alas, Blair retains an almost mystical belief in his personal greatness in foreign affairs. Despite the fact that his foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster. Our forces are bogged down across the globe. The UK has not been able to extract itself from a single one of the countries Blair has invaded: Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
TB is now set to carve out a new role as a (part-time) Middle East mediator according to several media reports. The idea is reportedly strongly backed by George W. Bush who is believed to have head hunted TB for the role (that will go down well on the Arab street). Israel has supported the move. So too has the semi- defunct Palestinian Authority (or at least, the bit of it not run by the Hamas Islamic republic). Syria and Lebanon take a distinctly less enthusistic view of Blair getting involved. In any case, neither Syria or Iran is remotely interested in seeing a long term resolution to the Palestinian problem, i.e, Blair has signed up for a no-hoper of a mission.
Blair is apparently oblivious of the fact that he is despised only slightly less than George W. throughout the Middle East and the wider Islamic world. What does he think he will be able to achieve where so many others have failed? Can the Israel-Palestinian conflict really be solved by a part-timer? Does Blair not recall that his last official visit to the region was an utter failure? And don’t the Blairs have mortgage debts approaching £5 million? This part-time Saving the Middle East number is not going to bring in the big bucks. A penny for Cherie’s thoughts....

14 comments:

Ellee said...

He will have a big mortgage to pay so he will need a job I suppose. I wonder if he will write his memoirs.

As Blair was always was more interested in international rather than national affairs, this doesn't surprise me.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Ellee, would you read his memoirs?
I don't really read fiction, so I'll white for some decent autobiographies...

I think probably part of TBs problem is his sense of history, is in fact, quite week.

verity said...

I thought he was already writing his autobiography (or someone was writing one for him) and it is destined for the remainder bins two weeks after publication. Who on earth would buy it?

I also predict a highly satisfying failure for Alastair Campbell's pile of garbage. Given that we already know he has excised all genuine conversations, what on earth is the point? I am looking forward to reading how it has lingered around 100 on the best seller lists.

istanbultory said...

The release of TB's autobiography is a racing certainty. To be ghost written by Alistair Campbell perhaps. Who would buy it? Americans, BBC journalists, Peter Mandelson and the like.Will it be remaindered?....yes. But TB'll make a mint off the serialisation rights when he floggs his "book" to Time or Newsweek magazine or the Grauniad or whatever. For Tone and Cherie it's always been about the money. This new role in the Middle East is just a vanity job to keep Blair's profile high.... so he can make a pile on the lecture circuit and eventually take over as president of the EU in 2009.

CityUnslicker said...

erm. he is supposed to fail. that is what Bush wants. The current situation is being used well by the Israeli's.

verity said...

Oh, for sure! Blair will genuinely believe the public is hungry to read about HIM,but I don't think a ghost-written, or even a real autobiography,is going to attract the public. They already know that it will all be lies. Just as they know Alastair Campbell's book has been filleted. They know Blair well enough to be aware that the entire book will be a public relations exercise to make Blair look good - when he patently, according to the evidence of their own eyes over 10 years, he is not.

The Brtish public knows he's a shyster and a conman. So who would buy the book, except those you mentioned, Stamboul Tory? Some Beebers, yes. Some Guardianistas - hmmm, not so sure. They want him tried for "war crimes" in Iraq; I'm not sure they'd endanger their blood pressure by reading his book; some Americans, to be sure (but a lot will depend on the US reviews; and if it gets reviewed by a Brit - Christopher Hitchens; Harold Evans - that could kill it).

David Blunkett - in a different category, admittedly - but with a rather vivid life in the recent past, watched his biography stall at around 3,500 copies. And some of those were remaindered. I mean, how humiliating!

Once they're gone, they're dead meat. Unless they are particularly interesting or have remarkable achievements behind them, a la Margaret Thatcher. I don't know how John Major's book, if there was one, did. I'd like to hear.

But the public knows those involved in the NuLabour project are liars. So why buy a book about their lies?

istanbultory said...

CU, the point is that this is a vanity job for TB- nothing more, nothing less. The appointment of Blair (Blair of all people) will rightly be perceived in a very,very negative fashion by many in the region.
Verity, Old John Major's tome was actually a best-seller. Apparently he was very honest and straightforward about his years in power. Blair will, cough, probably be less so...
It's interesting that Blair is standing down as an MP as soon as he gives up No10. He can't wait to escape an institution for which he never had the remotest respect.

verity said...

Yes, I knew that John Major's autobiography had sold well. That's because people felt he would probably be telling the truth.

The same doesn't apply in Tony's case, so why would anyone fork out to read a self-serving pack of lies?

And of course this "envoy" deal is a vanity project. There's not a shred of point in it. He knows nothing about other people because he's not interested. We have real envoys in the Middle East, who speak Arabic, and have years of experience. This is just a toy job for Noddy, but one that is going to cost the taxpayers of the four entities financing it very dear.

Before you know it, Tony will have the top five floors of a skyscraper in Dubai and a staff of 150. And if there's one thing he wants more than anything in the whole world, it's his own jet. And he will get it.

CityUnslicker said...

Annoying too, as it would be more fun to have him here sniping about Brown in a way.

Ex-PM's always cause trouble with their successors.

verity said...

CU - Tony is thanking heaven fasting that he has managed to scarper.

I wonder what will happen to those couple of houses they bought in London? Something tells me they won't be back.

verity said...

Tony Blair looks like a cyborg in that bullet proof vest

istanbultory said...

Verity, a "toy job for Noddy"....marvellous phrase. I wish I'd thought of it. That private jet is certainly on the agenda.Oh yes. In the future, I fear that we will see TB appearing, flip charts, power point presentations and all, with Bill Clinton,Al Gore, etc telling us how the world is to be saved.
Not forgetting the looming presidency of the EU job, where TB could wreak untold havoc....
At least, Gordo (Piss be upon him)
will be free of the runt...

verity said...

Blair is going to be some imaginary envoy for "four regions" of the earth, accompanied in his holy mission by three other men - making them the four bores for the four regions: Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmuh Cahduh and Noddy. All the excitement of Saturday night in Sedgefield.

They're going to have to offload that property that they bought at a premium though, because I think Tony is going to have to remain out of the country for quite some time. As an envoy, he will have some diplomatic immunity, but not when he sets foot in his own country.

Has anyone else ever noticed how much, in silhouette, Tony Blair looks like Michael Barrymore?

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