Oh dear God no…

I suppose it’s possible for people to make a comeback, it’s worked in the music/entertainment business, though the suspicion always is that the money has run out. It doesn’t seem to work so well in UK politics though, particularly the higher up the tree you got, the memories involved being bitter and often repugnant of the actions of said politician…

Mail.

‘I’m ready for a comeback’: Blair’s made millions since quitting… now he wants to ‘re-engage with UK politics’

  • Ex-PM and wife Cherie to appear alongside Ed Miliband at an Olympics event in July… and he’s already hired a spin doctor
  • He thinks enough time has passed since 2007 for people to have forgotten the Iraq war AND how he was forced out of office
  • Still has a job as Middle East peace envoy and a complex web of businesses earning millions
  • Blair’s political legacy is ‘debt, war, ignorance, welfare dependency and social division’, says Lord Tebbit

Tony Blair has hired a new spin doctor to deflect criticism from his complex financial affairs and help him to ‘re-engage’ with British politics, it emerged today.
The former prime minister ‘has things to say’ and believes the time is right for him to make an impact on the home front after years in political exile.
Mr Blair will appear on a joint platform with Labour leader Ed Miliband in July at an event to celebrate the Olympics. His wife Cherie is also due to attend, making it a rare public outing for the Blairs together.The ex-PM is understood to believe that enough time has passed for people to have forgotten the disastrous effect of the Iraq war on his image and how he was humiliatingly forced from office by Gordon Brown.

If Blair thinks we have forgotten the legacy of “New” Labour (same as old Labour but with added spin) then he’s deluding himself. Whilst I and many other bloggers are having a good go at the coagulation for their current policies on the recession, uncontrolled immigration, climate change and the EU, we haven’t forgotten who and which party caused the whole damned mess in the first place. Nor have we forgotten the years of betrayal, the wars, the endless spin where everything was twisted to fit a certain narrative and people were smeared (and possibly even murdered) when their views did not fit the narrative.

Yes Blair was a master politician, he had a knack for saying the right thing at the right time, however as a leader, well he left so much to be desired in the area of principles (bit like most politicians) and looking back at his career it’s a bit like follow the money, he even set his wife, a human rights lawyer, up with a nice little earner by the introduction of the Human Rights Act. His financial arrangements and friends were also not exactly kosher when opened to scrutiny either.

Still it’s interesting (for a given degree of interesting) that the lacklustre Milliband is desperate enough to get Blair out to help considering the two men’s political views are almost the antithesis of each other.

Still desperate times etc…

9 comments for “Oh dear God no…

  1. Single Acts of Tyranny
    May 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    He’s so 1990’s….

    I think most people have seen through his line of bullshit long ago. Yesterday’a man, like the past-it prize-fighter convincing himself and no-one else that a comeback is viable.

  2. Robert Edwards
    May 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It has always mystified me completely as to why anyone would pay any money at all to hear a Tony Blair speech. I mean, not even a penny. The man is a spiv, a cad, a bounder and a charlatan. He presided over the most corrupt administration since Walpole, after all.

    But if he were to re-appear in domestic politics then it would at least offer an opportunity for him to be impeached.

    Now that is a consummation devoutly to be wished. So it’s not all bad…

  3. DerekP
    May 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    “The ex-PM is understood to believe that enough time has passed for people to have forgotten the disastrous effect of the Iraq war on his image…”

    [my emphasis]

    Well that is a handy reminder of the mind-set of most of the current occupants of the HoC, as illustrated by:
    expenses scandal (continuing, really),
    carbon-tax CAGW scam,
    killing our military in wars that don’t benefit the UK,
    giving up our rights to the EU,
    preeningly protecting their privileges,
    etc.

    So he probably feels a grasping psychopathic[*] personality does fit in there!

    Unlike the millions of money, what he doesn’t appear to have grasped is that even most people who are too busy, trying to live a normal life under these creatures, to take an interest in politics are beginning to realise they want these buggers out of their lives.

    [*]
    Just in case anyone thinks I’m being melodramatic, the Wiktionary definition of ‘Psychopath’ includes this clearly relevant definition:-
    “A person with a personality disorder indicated by a pattern of lying, cunning, manipulating, glibness, exploiting, heedlessness, arrogance, delusions of grandeur, sexual promiscuity, low self-control, disregard for morality, lack of acceptance of responsibility, callousness, and lack of empathy and remorse. Such an individual may be especially prone to violent and criminal offenses.”

  4. Greg Tingey
    May 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Actually it is dear”god” YES!

    Given Tony B. Liar’s obsession with no-existent invisible BigSkyFairy.
    His crawling christianity make me cringe, quite apart from his lying and ……

  5. john in cheshire
    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I hope that he does make a come-back. There’s nothing better than to watch a monster die the death by a thousand cuts. It would be like watching a soap opera, but with real (well, as they probably think themselves) people. To see Cherry Blair face hostile crowds whenever she goes on one of her shopping trips – to demand freebies from her favourite shops – or blair trying to resurrect his ‘straight kindaguy’ persona. And, maybe the blairs could have a Christmas special on TV with Gordon as their main guest, reminiscing over their time in office and their intimate meals with lardarse prescott as mediator. Maybe campbell and mandelson crooning together as the musical interlude, hoon could be shown visiting the troops in Afghastly land, standing under a Christmas tree, no image of Jesus of course, but he could mouth the words of Silent Night, while the bbc voice-over tells us how magical things were under the 13 years of New Labour rule.

  6. May 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    It’s possibly a ploy to destabilise whichever Miliband is currently the leader, in favour of ???

    • Robert Edwards
      May 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Now, that IS cynical. Good point, though…

  7. Tarka the Rotter
    May 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I beg to differ…compared to Bliar, Walpole was a model of integrity.

  8. elaine
    May 4, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Blair being a psychopath would explain a lot.

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