Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair knows a thing or two about spinning the killing of civilians. So should it be a surprise that in his new role as political consultant he is helping other government officials obfuscate their grizzly deeds?
By Michael J.W. Stickings Remember when then-Prime Minister Tony Blair had more credibility over the Iraq War than Bush, Cheney, and the various warmongering American neocons given his supposedly deep-rooted moral convictions in support...Show More Summary
Jimmy Carter may have been well to the right of the Democratic majority in Congress and tried to create policy from such an untenable position. Bill Clinton may have signed NAFTA, created Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and ushered in welfare “reform.” Barack Obama may not have lived up to the dreams of those naive enough […]
Insane former Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi was behind countless instances of rape, torture and murder. Yet throughout it all, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was a source of unfailing support, as evidenced by a number of photos of the pair in mid embrace. Show More Summary
Richard Dawkins and Tony Blair have at least one thing in common which is that whatever they say in public is immediately attacked by lots of boring people who are only too willing to ignore the message and shoot the messenger. TakeShow More Summary
The nub of this opinion piece by Daniel Finkelstein is that 'Ed Miliband ain't no Tony Blair' which is a play on the put down used by Lloyd Bentsen who famously told his political rival, Dan Quayle, in a vice-presidential TV debate: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. Show More Summary
While trawling down the Mail Online’s right-hand-side of the page porno strip, to consider analytically the latest photographs of Jessica Alba in a swimming costume, I came across a rather… Continue reading The post Look where Tony Blair’s messianic fervour has left us appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Be afraid when politicians use the term "the People", or encourage it to be attached to one of their proposals for reform. When Tony Blair called Princess Diana "the People's Princess" I – along with millions of others in a then silent minority – recoiled. I wasn't a fan of Diana, and while it was [...]
Zap2it: You've played well-known real-life characters such as Tony Blair and David Frost. What are the challenges in doing that?Michael Sheen: Partly it depends on how familiar the audience is with them.... When I played Blair and Frost...Show More Summary
David Cameron and Tony Blair faced identical tasks earlier this week. Both wished to force a reluctant group of back-sliders to adopt a more robust and pragmatic position. Cameron wanted… Continue reading The post Call Me Dave still has much to learn from The Master appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Before the election in 2005, the magnificently grand Polly Toynbee made a generous offer to Guardian readers reluctant to vote for Tony Blair after Iraq. ‘There is much to be… Continue reading The post Is it time for ‘nose-peg Toryism’? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
John Rentoul can always be relied upon to speak common sense when it comes to a discussion about Tony Blair although the same can't be said for many sections of the media and for many members of the Labour Party. Two decades on, what...Show More Summary
by Kevin Carson http://c4ss.org/content/29482 ISIS: Yes, Mr. Blair, You Did Build This Last month, in a tone which might best be called unlikely insistence, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reassured the public that “we” — the UK and United … Continue reading ?
The 'trick' that won Tony Blair and New Labour three Westminster elections on the trot was the frank admission that party policies had to appeal to a much wider audience than just Labour members and activists. So, for example, the Labour...Show More Summary
Most of the retrospectives on Tony Blair, prompted by the 20th anniversary of his becoming Labour leader strike me as missing something. Whilst I agree with Stephen, James and John that Britain was better place when Blair left office than...
From the Morning Briefing: subscribe here It's just like old times. Tony Blair's Philip Gould Lecture is widely reported – and guess what? There was something in there for almost everyone. A warning to stick to the centre ground has been interpreted as "a thinly veiled attack on Ed Miliband," by our man Matt Holehouse. Elsewhere, [...]
Tony Blair is back on the scene with a speech to mark 20 years since he became Labour leader, provoking the usual torrent of commentary. Some of it is embarrassingly hagiographic, some dripping with bile. The hagiography I can understand; he's the only Labour politician to win a majority since the Moon landings, after all. [...]
Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading The post Tony Blair — the unloved one appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Credits: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Alt Text: Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Damian McBride stirs up trouble – while Tony Blair offers to help Ed at election. Thanks but no thanks Column The Mole Monday, July 21, 2014 - 9:45am Ed Miliband is receiving advice on how to win the general election from two unwanted Labour sources. Show More Summary
THE year of…always a bad start to anything, I find, especially when used by a public official. Tony Blair had a “year of delivery” – 1999, perhaps, or sometime round there. Harold Wilson announced a “year for Britain” in mid-1975,.....