Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tony Blair - The Second Coming

He's got the whole world in his hands.

He would, of course, have preferred the Mount of Olives, surrounded by the world’s media as he descended in the clouds with great glory. But instead it was Sedgefield, and the venue was the Trimbdon Labour Club (which he described as his political and spiritual home).

The presence was far too powerful for the stage: it was not possible to confine his shekinah aura in such a lowly tabernacle. But he condescended patiently as he became one of them, fully messiah yet fully man; mindful of his humble origins as he emptied himself of his Faith Foundation.

Cranmer was not alone in the messianic allusions to Tony Blair’s Second Coming. The Daily Telegraph talked of Labour’s Saviour, finding biblical allusions perfectly fitting: “What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

And the Financial Times took the same theme.

But for all the hype and audience adulation, it was the same actor using the same rhetoric, with the same pregnant pauses and the same pleading gestures.

And this rhetoric remained evangelical: “Although the sea is still rough the storm has subsided….at the moment of peril the world acted, Britain acted.”

And he, who constructed his entire political career on Labour’s need to change, had the audacity to describe the Conservatives’ ‘time for change’ slogan as ‘the most vacuous in politics’.

You see, only Labour can change and remain authentic: when the Tories do, they are pretending, deceiving, luring in the unsuspecting electorate who will soon discover that they are the ‘same old Tories’ – nasty, spiteful, selfish and only out for themselves.

And so Labour’s Saviour deconstructed David Cameron’s Conservatives brick by brick: "On Europe, they've gone right when they should have gone centre; on law and order, they've gone liberal when actually they should have stuck with a traditional Conservative position; and on the economy, they seem to be buffeted this way and that, depending less on where they think the country should be, than on where they think public opinion might be."


Presumably contrasted with the sure-footedness of New Labour, who would never have dreamed of being ‘buffeted’ by something as ephemeral and capricious as public opinion.

And on his successor: “At the moment of peril the world acted. Britain acted. The decision to act required experience, judgment and boldness. It required leadership. Gordon Brown supplied it.''

His principal message is that the Conservatives are inconsistent and indecisive while Gordon Brown has ‘experience, judgement and boldness’.

It was pitched of necessity to the marginal voters in the ‘swing’ constituencies: Tony Blair has now become the Middle England Peace Envoy.

But the lies, misinformation and misrepresentation were unbecoming. He said: "On some issues like racial equality the Conservatives have left behind the prejudices of the past. I welcome that.”

And he might as well have added gender equality to his patronising ‘welcome’, for the inference was clear.

How many minority ethnic leaders have Labour had?

How many women?

The party that gave the United Kingdom its first Jewish prime minister and its first woman prime minister has never been ‘racist’ or ‘sexist’, because conservatism admits or tolerates neither.

Yet it suits his purpose to leave a whiff of irrational prejudice under the noses of those who are still taking a long, hard look at the Tories.

"Is there a core?” he asks. “Think of all the phrases you associate with their leadership and the phrase 'you know where you are with them' is about the last description you would think of. They seem like they haven’t made up their mind about where they stand; and so the British public finds it hard to make up its mind about where it stands. In uncertain times, there is a lot to be said for certain leadership."

Mr Blair never once mentioned David Cameron by name. But he didn’t need to.

When he talked of ‘vacuous’, ‘question marks’, ‘confusion’, ‘inconsistency’ and ‘inexperience’, there was no doubt his target was the present incarnation of conservatism.

By contrast, Labour is ‘consistent’, ‘certain’ and ‘coherent’, with a ‘strong commitment to public services’ and a ‘strong commitment to reform’.

And the evidence, he averred, may be seen in ‘reduced crime, higher standards in schools, and hospital waiting lists reduced from 18 months to 18 weeks’.

This was Blair the preacher delivering his Sedgefield sermon: the extravagant evangelical Roman Catholic convert condescending to exalt the Presbyterian puritan with great ecumenical generosity.

But he is an hypocritical charlatan; a perma-tanned fraud who desperately wants to be all things to all people in order that all may be duped.

David Cameron said he was ‘not at all worried’ by Mr Blair's intervention. Referring to the millions the former prime minister has made in public speaking since he left office, he said: 'It is nice to see him making a speech that no-one is paying for.’

The problem, of course, is that we all have.

And will continue to do so, for decades to come.

Tony Blair was right about one thing. This election is about ‘…who gets the future... who understands the way the world is changing…’

The future will not be ‘fair for all’ under another Labour government.

It is time for conservatism to articulate itself for the 21st century.

The choice is clear.


Blogger Dungeekin said...

Extract from "God's On A Mission From Me: The Memoirs of Tony Bliar"
Available from all good bookshops, £15,999.99

Chapter 766: The Resurrection

1. And Lo, it did come to pass that in the last days of Labour, The Tone did arise again. And he did forsake the fees of book tours, and put himself among the Party Faithful, for to offer succour in their time of darkness. And orange was the Hue of The Tone, for he had spent much time on the beaches of the Middle East in his Tonely mission of peace bringing and personal enrichment.

2. And the Party Faithful cried out, saying Lo, The Tone has come among us in our time of darkness, to lead us unto slightly less of a kicking in the polls.....

Extract from "God's On A Mission From Me: The Memoirs of Tony Bliar"
Available from all good bookshops, £15,999.99

31 March 2010 at 10:04  
Anonymous graham Wood said...

"t is time for conservatism to articulate itself for the 21st century"

But sadly, since there is no Conservative Party to do the articulating here in the UK, this is not going to happen in the immediate future.
It may be that a potential and real Conservative party may emerge
like a Phoenix from the ashes of the coming election - but there seems to be no rising star as yet - to be Leader.

31 March 2010 at 10:11  
Anonymous President Ahmadinejad said...

The letter that we threw down the well has at last brought forth results.

31 March 2010 at 10:13  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

It reminded me of the Michael Jackson smoke and lights 'spectacle' at the Brit Awards some years ago. Your Grace has done a quite passable Jarvis Cocker in response.

31 March 2010 at 10:17  
Blogger Jared Gaites said...

"The choice is clear" The Blue Fairy or a hung Parliament. You just don't know how to give in do you. The choice is anything but bloody clear your grace.

31 March 2010 at 10:27  
Anonymous wonderfulforhisage said...

No mention of the "Fourth Way'. Perhaps he's keeping it up his sleeve.

31 March 2010 at 10:51  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace

You have sounded the rallying call for all conservatives in our country!

‘It is time for conservatism to articulate itself for the 21st century.’

We believe!

We believe that every man has been given free-will by our Creator; the Socialists believe in rehabilitating every man in accord with their General Will.

We believe that that it is from the exercise of that free will that every man derives his right to be free from arbitrary force; they, the Socialists, believe in the European Arrest Warrant.

We believe liberty is indivisible and that political freedom cannot long exist without economic freedom; they, the Socialists, believe in Directives from the EUSSR.

We believe it is the God-given purpose of government to secure and protect our freedoms; they, the Socialists, pass one law every day to keep freedom at bay.

We are for freedom; they, the Socialists, are for coercion.

We are for personal responsibility and autonomy, enforced by self-restraint and community morals passed down by our fathers; they, the Socialists, are for the administrative process of the Anti-Social Behaviour Order – the ‘Red Badge’ of ‘courage’ for every trousered ape.

We are for the family, the neighbourhood, the city and defence of our country; they, the Socialists, send our sons and daughters to die in another’s national interest.

We salute the children, the mothers and fathers dying around the world to secure nation-hood for their peoples; they, the Socialists, surrender ours to the new imperial beast called the EUSSR.

We believe in the ingenuity of local people to overcome local difficulties; they, the Socialists, believe in the 5 year Plan administered by faceless unaccountable bureaucrats.

We will oppose any foe, defend any ally and help any friend; they, the Socialists, believe in class war: neighbour against neighbour.

We believe in life; they believe in death as a solution.

We believe in the child’s right to be born; they believe the baby is socially inconvenient.

We believe in honouring our mothers and fathers; they believe in the rights of the urban blockhead to roam and terrorise.

We stand on Liberty’s wall and hear our country’s trumpet call; they open the city gates and permit our enemies to enter.

We, believe.

31 March 2010 at 11:12  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Mr Singh, thank you for your kind remark yesterday.

Your comments above refer repeatedly to The Socialists. But in many cases they might have been describing the Hopeless Tories. For example, your reference to directives from the EUSSR; your (justified) complaint about our troops being sent to die in others' national interests; these things are enthusiastically embraced by Cameron's Conservatives. And when did the Useless Tories stand up for the unborn child?
There is hardly anything about them that is genuinely conservative.

Our only hope, I suspect, is that they lose yet another election and implode, leaving the field clear for a genuinely conservative political movement.

Currently, they are led by a man who has no substance whatsoever, nor, apparently, enough style to be persuasive.

I always think it unfortunate when you drop into rhetorical mode, as you tend to mask the force of your arguments behind something that sounds to have been intoned in Nuremburg or Trimdon Labour Club.

By the way, if you are going to deploy rhetoric, how about waving a flag about the man-made global warming delusion that afflicts Cameron even more than it does 'the Socialists', and is likely to have more of an enslaving effect than almost any of the other points. Of course, Cameron's commitment to that chimera has nothing to do with the suggestion that his father-in-law is set to make a considerable fortune by allowing wind farms to be built on his land.

31 March 2010 at 12:23  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

I wonder what most people think of Blair? I loath him but he is the consummate performer. He left politics when he was at the top of his game rather than being edged aside like Thatcher, both were charismatic and conviction politicians and both aroused strong feelings. I don’t see him being a benefit to Labour’s campaign but it will be interesting to see if he is wheeled out again.

I am afraid those who dream of the old Conservatism will be disappointed, it is gone forever. Only a few die-hards like you lot mourn its passing but nobody is thrilled with any of the alternatives. Politics are destined for a decade of fiddling about with a “balanced” parliament and the dark shadow cast by the deficit.

At least we can still argue about religion. I am looking forward to seeing the Pope on the Sex Offenders Register!

31 March 2010 at 12:27  
Blogger Gnostic said...

The choice is clear? David Cameron needs to put his right foot forward. The problem with that is he's got two left feet and both of them are wedged firmly in his mouth.

31 March 2010 at 12:42  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Tony Blair is back. Not everyone is happy.

31 March 2010 at 13:29  
Anonymous no nonny said...

Well said, Mr. Singh! I like adjustment to starboard.

Which is much more than anyone I know can say to the fake Tories who are presenting themselves for 'election'! They've been listing further and further to port for about twenty years - the ship can't stay afloat for much longer!

31 March 2010 at 13:54  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

…on law and order, they’ve gone liberal when actually they should have stuck with a traditional Conservative position…

I hate to say it but Blair is correct. At a time when Britain is moving to the Right as a reaction against immigration, the Tories have moved Left. The Right is gaining strength in Europe, too, as evidenced by this story from the Telegraph:

❛A far Right party has emerged as a key winner in the Italian elections marking a continuing trend of support for Right wing parties across Europe. The Northern League, an anti-immigration party, which has now become pivotal in Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s ruling coalition, has seen its support more than double in the last five years. Led by firebrand Umberto Bossi, who once called for the Italian navy to shell boats carrying illegal immigrants towards the country, his victory mirrors those recently by far Right parties in Hungary, Holland and France.❜

31 March 2010 at 14:01  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

Re Johnny Rottenborough, the Northern League are not a new phenomenon; they've been around for some years. I think they represent the north of Italy, seeing themselves as urbanised and educated, unlike the peasant south. That's a guess, but I have Italian relations, and that's certainly their opinion.

I know for certain that the Northern League has been campaigning for the return of the Lire and the withdrawal of Italy from the Euro. Now they have had electoral success there may be some hope of that eventuality. It would be wonderful if this could be the start of the crumbling of the EU monster.

It is difficult to say whether the Northern League is in fact Right wing, as the media tend to throw that description about indiscriminately of anybody they disapprove of (such as the BNP, which is in fact profoundly leftist).

31 March 2010 at 14:31  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Anabaptist (14:31)—If encouraging immigration is Left wing, then opposing immigration must, I suppose, be Right wing. By that token, the BNP is socially Right wing but economically Left wing in that it would take the railways back into state ownership. These days, I do wonder if the labels ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ are much use any more. Perhaps ‘Nationalist’ and ‘Internationalist’ or ‘Globalist’ would be better.

31 March 2010 at 15:08  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Why Mr Anabaptist, I referred to conservatives with a 'c' in the lower case.

31 March 2010 at 15:08  
Blogger D. Singh said...

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31 March 2010 at 15:28  
Blogger D. Singh said...

And no nonny, yes; let our Masters and Commanders set a course starboard bound; we’ll reach for the stars.

From here to eternity.

And Mr Anabaptist - after this General Election there will be civil war inside the Conservative party - and our man from the Right will emerge - for it is foretold in a prophecy.

31 March 2010 at 15:36  
Anonymous BlairSupporter said...

Out of context quotes, Your Grace. How unbecoming.

This is what Mr Blair said at Trimdonon the "time for change" mantra, and WHEN he said it - 1997:
'The tough thing about being in government, especially as time marches on, is that the disappointments accumulate, the public becomes less inclined to give the benefit of the doubt, the call for a time to change becomes easier to make, the prospect of change becomes more attractive. But as I always used to say when some in our ranks urged upon me a mantra of “time for a change” in 1997, it’s actually the most vacuous slogan in politics.

“Time for a Change” begs the question: change to what exactly? And the reason an election that seemed certain to some in its outcome, is now in sharp contention, lies precisely in that question.'

So in order to fill any vacuity Blair's LAbour party supplied a vision and a raft of joined-up policy initiatives. You and I may not have agreed with them - all or any, but at least they were THERE.

What has YOUR man offered, apart from a phrase?

See the Trimdon videos here and the full transcript.

31 March 2010 at 16:15  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Spy Wednesday Judas Blair!

Judas Blair sat in the 13th chair, thugees, noosers, he hung us out to dry.

31 March 2010 at 16:37  
Blogger Bryan said...

I see the debate is framed here as it is in my own country; as a struggle between liberalism and conservatism.

Yet no matter how the struggle turns out, both the liberals and the conservatives feel frustration, no matter who "wins", neither seem to enjoy the victory as "their" party fails to live up to its promises once in power.

You see there is another, less obvious, struggle at work in the body politic, and that is tyranny verses liberty. Tyranny is the natural course of professional politicians, whilst liberty is the heart's cry of the populace.

Tyranny lives in the professional politician's desire to remain in power, to increase his own personal power, and therefore the power of the central government over the people. He sells this through offering to lift the heavy burden of personal responsibility from off the shoulders of the populace.

The amount of this tyranny you allow is entirely based on the amount of personal responsibility you refuse to bear; for personal responsibility is the cornerstone of personal liberty. Surrender your personal responsibility to anyone or anything else, and that other controls your actions.

The true struggle of politics is therefore, how best to balance government control with personal responsibility. And the level of tyranny a people will abide is directly proportional to their moral ability to shoulder personal responsibility.

31 March 2010 at 17:01  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Emulate palm sunday for political purposes ? he should have didtched the limos for a donkey .

31 March 2010 at 17:02  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Mr Bryan at 5.01 pm

Thank you.

Masterfully put. An intellectually satisfying post.

31 March 2010 at 17:05  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

D. Singh said...
Mr Bryan at 5.01 pm
Masterfully put. An intellectually satisfying post.

Not often I agree with D.Singh but this time I do. Excellent comments Bryan

31 March 2010 at 17:12  
Blogger Bryan said...

Thank you for understanding what I meant; an observation by an engineer friend of mine has led me to wish to revise the final sentence of my previous post, thus:

"And the level of tyranny a people will abide is inversely proportional to their moral ability to shoulder personal responsibility."

31 March 2010 at 17:33  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Mr Bryan

You show humility.

Welcome to the gladitoral corner of cyber-space.


31 March 2010 at 21:14  
Anonymous Mikec said...

A m-rs a day used to help us 'work rest and play', then we got the Trades Descriptions act, so we could no longer Prolong Active Life (sorry I'm showing my age)

Do we need a 'Political Descriptions Act?' in order to further prevent slime in our lives.....

There was a time not so long ago, when liars had to resign if they were found out....

Now its "How do you know when a politician is lying?"

Watch for His/Her lips to move...

Time for Change....

1 April 2010 at 07:55  
Anonymous len said...

Blair is the master salesman,as an angel of light he seduces his audience.
What Cicero said could be true of Blair and most politicians who seem to be serving someone other than the public, Marcus Tullius Cicero Quote

"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague."

1 April 2010 at 08:04  
Blogger John R said...

I've got a couple of old planks of wood and some nails in my garden if anyone would like see if he's really a messiah or not.

1 April 2010 at 10:55  

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