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“Meeting” Tony Blair.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 4, 2010 in British Politics |

A few thoughts on meeting Tony Blair today, at his book signing. Firstly, it was a surreal experience in the speed and management. We were led through (with individual escorts) the most oddly obtuse pathway through Eason’s (up three floors), and seperated into individuals to an extent that it was almost like a 5 second private audience. Save for the enormous number (10?) of security (ERU commando style) personnel and assistants surrounding him. What was curious was how much healthier he looked in real life then on the telly. He was cheerful but perfunctory, which given the amount of bodies he was getting through (pardon the pun) was understandable.

As for the demonstrators outside: They included that group that opposes the Good Friday Agreement and condoned the Omagh bomb: Is there anyone Richard Boyd Barrett will not enter a Von Ribbentrop style pact with against his People’s Enemy du Jour? I also enjoyed being “shamed” by them, and really enjoy the far left/right telling me that I “should not want to read Blair’s book”. One always enjoys annoying the book burners.

Additional: Can’t say for certain, but it looked to me like there were far more people buying the book than protesting.

9 Comments

david morris
Sep 4, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Why encourage/enrich politico scum like Bliar ?

Shame on you.

(BTW, the personal audience is him practicing for the soon to come day when he replaces Ratzinger as head of Papeco (a wholly owned subsidy of Windrush)

Kind regards


 
Jason O
Sep 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

David, do you support proportional representation?


 
cagp
Sep 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

“They included that group that opposes the Good Friday Agreement and condoned the Omagh bomb: Is there anyone Richard Boyd Barrett will not enter a Von Ribbentrop style pact with against his People’s Enemy du Jour? ”

RBB has made some dodgy political allies, but this isn’t really the case here. Anybody can show up to a public protest. I doubt they were invited. There’s very little organisers can do about it besides physically remove people. I do find it interesting that you find condoning the Omagh bombing repulsive (agreed!) but condoning the Iraq War part of the spectrum of reasonable opinion.

“One always enjoys annoying the book burners.”

No-one’s censoring Tony Blair. I defend his right to write a book (or I would if it were under any threat). I just think he should be writing from a prison cell.


 
Jason O
Sep 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I think the Iraq war was wrong because the US/UK (Blair included) had almost recklessly underestimated the post-invasion needs of the Iraqi people. As for who turns up at a demo, as I’ve said, I doubt RBB would sit passively by if the BNP or old National Front turned up to protest the war.

The book censoring comes from a phrase bellowed at us by loudspeaker as we queued, telling us that we “should not want to read that book”. As I said, I’m not having RBB tell me what I should or should not want to read. As for book burning, what do you think the SWP/32CSM alliance would have done if they’d been handed copies of the book?


 
david morris
Sep 6, 2010 at 9:21 am

Proportional Representation – Bit off topic isn’t it ?

If i’ts an enquiry as to whether I support the dogs b####x of AV which our local guvmint in Westminster has been graciously permitted by Brussels to offer the UK electorate, the short answer is no. AV does not solve the real problem of “safe seat” party fiefdoms, which make so many MPs answer inward to party whips, rather than outward to local people.

BTW (and even more O/T)

There are two current European Heads of State who donned their adopted countries services
uniform in WW2. Can you guess their names ?


 
cagp
Sep 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

The BNP are an example of 1 of the only groups who would be kicked off such a protest. If you think its hypocritical that dissident republicans are treated differently from fascists that’s a point worth discussing, but it hardly constitutes an alliance does it? Alliances can only be entered into deliberately. Being against the same thing as someone else doesn’t constitute an alliance.

Also, telling people that they shouldn’t do something isn’t the same as stopping them. No one has called for the censorship of Blair’s book. If you’re interested in an actual threat to civil liberties, look at some of the measures introduced under Blair’s government.

“I think the Iraq war was wrong because the US/UK (Blair included) had almost recklessly underestimated the post-invasion needs of the Iraqi people.”

If I said “I opposed the Omagh bombing because the RIRA didn’t give enough consideration to the possibility of civilian casualities” you’d presumably think that was quite naive but you’d also object to my basic support for terrorism? I consider a war of aggression which killed 100,000s of people to be a crime rather than a tactical error and thus that the level of anger against Blair is pretty much appropriate. And I think its very naive to think that the 2 world powers planning on invading and occupying another country are ever interested in the “needs of its people”.


 
Daniel Sullivan
Sep 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

It is odd that people who were threatening or even attempting to make a citizen’s arrest appear to have been so clueless as to what our version allows for and doesn’t.

http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/1997/en/act/pub/0014/sec0004.html

Just what was the arrestable offence he had committed? And given the presence of the Gardai at the event what did they (the citizen making this arrest0 plan to do if once transferring him into the custody of the Garda Síochána as soon as practicable having been completed, they decided not to take him or shrug their shoulders and say “whatever!”.


 
Jason O
Sep 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm

My point is that the British government is elected by the British people, and that PR would permit UKIP to win seats. If you oppose PR, you get what you deserve: Tony Blair elected on 35%


 
Jason O
Sep 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

And RIRA were elected by whom, exactly? They are not in a position to give consideration to anything.

Why do you think NATO bombed Serbia, by the way?


 

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