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An Audience with Tony Blair… Tomorrow’s Enquiry is Must-See TV!

In Charlie Edwards on January 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm

The prodigal son has returned to British politics. His depature in 2007 paved the way for political opportunism for Cameron (‘the election that never was’ gibes are still the perennial crowd-pleaser for the Tory leader) and for economic strife and the complete expenditure of patience for New Labour for Brown. The ‘Son of Thatcher’ jumped ship at the perfect time. So, after nearly a decade as PM, the Sedgefield MP stood down to take up the post of Middle East Envoy for the Western world. His brief was to secure ‘peace, governance and economic stability’ to the region. Looking back on the past decade, the role of ‘peacekeeper’ is a laughable one to give Tony Blair.

He transformed the Labour Party after his 1994 leadership election victory following John Smith’s death. He modernised the party constitution, championed middle-ground populist ideas (“Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”, “Education, education, education”, “New Labour, new life for Britain”) alongside string-puller Mandelson and number-crunching Brown. The trio quickly ascended to power in 1997, ending eighteen years of Conservative rule. (A modernisation of the party in opposition for a long time, letting go of the shackles of the past – familiar ground between Blair to Labour and Cameron to the Conservative Party methinks)

New Labour was a political movement which advocated a regulated, yet free market economy, promoted equality and fairness for women and ethnic minorities more than any British government before them, and well-publicised in the media thanks to a well-oiled PR machine, led by Alastair Campbell – often cited as one of the most powerful men in politics during the turn-of-the-Millenium heyday. September the 11th 2001 was a watershed moment for Blair: the game changed.

Following the terrorist attacks in America, George Bush Jnr liberating himself from silly protocol like democracy and invaded Afghanistan. Blair had to maintain the ‘special relationship’ – and went along with the Texan’s half-cocked plan. And when it came to Iraq, and a similarly shabbily put together plan proposed by ‘Dubya’ – Blair shrugged his shoulders and went along with that one as well. That “Oh, what the heck” mentality is what has got the Labour Party in this mess it is in today: disjointed, disillusioned and displaceable. The money spent and the lives lost in the Middle East has had very little positive effect. A recent article in The Times started “Another day, another round of bombing in Baghdad.” 179 British military personnel lost their lives in Iraq, an their ultimate sacrifice for peace and freedom shan’t be forgotten. The Chilcot enquiry aims to make sure of this – and finally holding the Government to account.

Tony Blair’s appearance before Sir John Chilcot and his enquiry tomorrow will be an interesting affair. Whilst it bears little importance to today’s politics, it sparks controversy given that Iraq-related press is bad press for the Labour party. Tony Blair will have to justify his actions, his lack of Parliamentary debate into the initial decision to go to war, the Cabinet resignations and why six years after Saddam Hussein’s regime was toppled, that lives are still being lost. Whatever political persuasion you hold, Tony Blair has an attractive quality which draws you in: tomorrow’s enquiry is must-view television for the sheer appearance of a political Diego Maradona, a man whose immeasurable talent polarised his popularity: many hated, many loved. I was intrigued.

Charlie Edwards

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  1. I’m sorry as this is an irrelevent comment…but after reading, I was amused to see this at the bottom of the page:

    Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)

    * He’s a Wanker
    * Tony Blair to make announcement tomorrow(again)
    * Going Deep

    Was quite funny!

    On topic, I’m at school tomorrow but I am looking forward to the “highlights” when I get home!

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