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Hissing of Summer Lawns

All this talk about Tony Blair, hissing and pantomime villains reminded me of an old track by Joni Mitchell - 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns'. Not one of her absolute best songs perhaps, but it's the only song by anyone I can think of with the word 'hissing' in the title.

Pantomime Villains

The Tony Blair haters are out in force at the moment and seem to be driven somewhat mad by their animosity towards a man who won three general elections in a row and made the Labour Party electable again. The reason for all this ill-feeling...Show More Summary

Lordly Buffoon

I've long thought John Prescott to be man of low intelligence and he proves my point in spectacular fashion with his comments about Tony Blair in this article from The Mail newspaper. Now unless my memory is playing tricks on me Lord...Show More Summary

The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair

I’ve met people at political events who seem otherwise normal, and then Tony Blair’s name is mentioned and their eyes light up in a way that suggest a chemical reaction has… Continue reading The post The Labour party loves to hate Tony Blair appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Money and Politics

The Labour Party is not looking in great shape as the general election draws closer and seems able to find problems where none exist such as the row which has blown up following Tony Blair's donation to Labour candidates in target seats. Show More Summary

Tony Blair spotted fine dining in Burma following his Labour donation

This week Tony Blair donated £106,000 to the Labour Party, with £1,000 going to each Labour candidate fighting for a target seat. Ed Miliband has since faced flak for accepting… Continue reading The post Tony Blair spotted fine dining in Burma following his Labour donation appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Justin Forsyth has far more to apologise for than Tony Blair’s Save the Children award

You almost have to admire Justin Forsyth’s brass neck. He is a former Gordon Brown spin chief earning more than the Prime Minister’s £142,000 for running Save the Children. Or,… Continue reading The post Justin Forsyth has far more to apologise for than Tony Blair’s Save the Children award appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry had stormed the Commons, but none of it made any… Continue reading The post Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Feeble Argument (10/02/15)

Armando Iannucci is the comedy writer best-known for his portrayal of an effective but very foul-mouthed spin doctor widely believed to be inspired by Alistair Campbell during his time as the official spokesperson for Tony Blair. And...Show More Summary

Inspiring People

Tony Blair wrote a moving tribute to this young woman who worked with the former prime Minister in Government before moving on to head up the Africa Governance Initiative. But like many talented people instead of just succumbing to her...Show More Summary

Kate Gross

Here's an article from The Sunday Times in which Tony Blair paid tribute to a former member of his staff Kate Gross who sadly died on Christmas Day 2014. She was 36 when death took her. But it didn’t beat her The former prime minister...Show More Summary

Feeble Argument

Armando Iannucci is the comedy writer best-known for his portrayal of an effective but very foul-mouthed spin doctor widely believed to be inspired by Alistair Campbell during his time as the official spokesperson for Tony Blair. And...Show More Summary

Following Tony’s offer to do what he can to help LAB here’s Marf

Politcalbetting's Marf on Tony Blair's offer to LAB pic.twitter.com/0owiJ6rzTX — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) February 8, 2015

Clapped-Out Clunker

Once upon a time Gordon Brown was hailed by Tony Blair as a 'great clunking fist', but if you ask me Gordon's just a clapped-out old clunker these days a politician who is a long way past his sell-by date. Apparently, Gordon is due to...Show More Summary

Brian Cox bans Ed Miliband from using 1997 Labour anthem

D:Ream’s Things Can Only Get Better was the song of choice in the Labour campaign that saw Tony Blair win the 1997 general election. Alas, Ed Miliband won’t be able to use the tune this… Continue reading The post Brian Cox bans Ed Miliband from using 1997 Labour anthem appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Political Put Down

I enjoyed this exchange of views between John Rentoul and Neal Lawson, the latter having argued, bizarrely in my view, that the wrong kind of people were voting Labour when Tony Blair led the party and won three general elections in a row. Show More Summary

Week ahead

There may well be appearances by exotic species like the Eurasian Beaver, or even defenders of Tony Blair, but overall, this is a week that sags in the middle. You never know what events might force a ministerial statement or urgentShow More Summary

Iraq Inquiry - Is it being 'sexed down'?

Delayed again. Until after the election. Very suspicious say those who fear a cover up of the decisions taken by Tony Blair's government which led the UK to join George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq. Nick Clegg - whose Liberal DemocratShow More Summary

Tale of Two Sketches

Here are two contrasting sketches about Tony Blair's appearance at a House of Commons Select Committee the other day. The first by Donald McIntyre in The Independent takes a balanced view of it all and what Blair had to say, whereasShow More Summary

Defiant Tony Blair apologises for collapse of Downey trial, but says On the Runs scheme was necessary

Meetings of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee are rarely so popular that they have to book an overspill room, but today’s hearing with Tony Blair was a sell-out occasion,… Continue reading The post Defiant Tony Blair apologises for collapse of Downey trial, but says On the Runs scheme was necessary appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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