when you run out of ways to despise Tony Blair he comes up with a
new one. I'm not talking about his pathetic penchant for freebie
holidays. I couldn't care less where he takes his holidays; what I do
care about is his habitual lying.
A few weeks ago, in a heartwarming
attempt to stir up some more racial hatred in his septic isle, Blair
concluded that one of the reasons motivating the suicide bombers who
viciously destroyed the lives of some 52 of their fellow citizens was
their hatred of the Olympics. Yeah, I know, it sounds too stupid to be
true but, for Blair, it was just another casual lie, another slight of
hand to divert the public from the real reason the bombers were
prepared to commit unjustified and obscene murder, their opposition to
the unprovoked and illegal UK attack on Iraq.
No one should really be that surprised though; from the very first
Blair has had a difficult relationship with reality.
On coming to power he swore he'd sat behind the goal watching Jackie
Milburn play football for Newcastle United. The reality is Jackie
Milburn played his last game when Blair was four and there were no
seats in the ground at the time. So OK, that might have been a
harmless fib -- perhaps he had been taken to the ground as a kid?
Maybe he'd sat on his dad's shoulders and watched the game? But the
"Milburn mendacity" is just one example of Blair's dodgy statements.
British writer Francis Wheen teased out more Blair baloney when he
detailed the lies behind Blair's 1996 claim to UK entertainer Des
O'Connor that he'd tried to run away to the Bahamas when he was
fourteen, telling O'Connor that: "I snuck onto the plane, and we were
literally about to take off when the stewardess came up to me..."
Oh yeah? His dad denied all knowledge of it, never mind the fact Blair
couldn't explain how he got on board without a boarding pass -- or a
passport -- and the inconvenient truth that there has never been a
flight from Newcastle to the Bahamas.
One of life's first lessons is that when someone says trust me --
trust is almost certainly the last thing you should offer them. Blair
defines this truism. Almost as soon as he was in the door of Number
Ten, he was caught doing favors to F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone by
postponing a ban on cigarette adverting. The fact that Ecclestone was
giving the Labour Party a million pound donation was pure coincidence.
Blair's response to the questions raised by the deal was that people
should trust him -- since he was a "straightforward kind of guy."
Blair's lies are too many to list here and there is the joyous
possibility that nemesis might finally catch up with him over
accusations he's been flogging UK honors in return for dodgy loans to
his Labour Party. Blair's plenipotentiary to the Middle East, Lord
Levy (the former manager of crap British pop star Alvin Stardust and
who was ennobled by Blair) has been arrested; while the police have
also popped into Downing Street for a little chat with Blair about the
allegations -- somewhat coincidentally on the day the report into
Diana's death was released -- it being another good day to "bury bad
But, of course, the thing Blair should really be tried for is the lies
he told before the illegal invasion of Iraq and his complicity in the
slaughter of tens of thousands of people.
Documents, such as the "Downing Street Memo," show just how much the
British public were lied to. As far back as July 2002 the government
knew that "military action was now seen as inevitable" and that "facts
were now being fixed around the policy"; but all the while Blair was
lying to the public with his "dodgy dossiers" and claims from his
collaborators in the media that it would only take Saddam 45 minutes
to launch his weapons of mass destruction.
And now we have the situation in Iran. Anyone out there doubt that
Blair has not already started to crank up the lie machine again to
justify the inevitable US or Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear
facilities? He said his recent tour around the Middle East was
principally to promote the "peace process." Sure it was.
Yo, Blair, Happy New Year.
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