267 thoughts on “War Criminals on TV

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  • pete

    Welcome back Craig.

    Does anyone know why Blair look more and more shifty every time he makes an appearance? I would assume his conscience is playing up, but then I remembered he doesn’t have one.

  • John Hilley

    Every criminal, Blair pontificating cloud has a welcome, responsive lining. Great to see you back blogging for truth and justice, Craig.


  • Rhisiart Gwilym

    Stay, Craig. You’re greatly missed when not active. And you’re right: shocking, beyond-satire hideousness around the Sharon funeral. B’liar in a kippah, for god’s sake! He could teach the Israelis chutzpah.

  • Mary

    So pleased to hear you again Craig and hope you, Nadira and family are all well. You have been very much missed.

    A belated Happy New Year to one and all.

    Some of us have been ‘meeting’ over at AlcAnon’s blog, which he kindly set up.

  • Mary

    I like John Hilley’s comment to Rusbridger

    It is tantalising to speculate that the pretensions of a paper which has spent so much of its editorial life equivocating over the criminally powerful may have robbed its readership of its greatest chance for truth.

    in reply to

    Ariel Sharon: legacy of division
    It is tantalising to speculate that the illness of a man who had spent so much of his life at war may have robbed the region of its greatest chance for peace

  • writeon

    Craig. It’s nice to hear that you’re alive and haven’t been savaged by a pack of black dog days. Even though public life resembles a cesspool one has to force oneself to live as if it isn’t. It’s nobel to resist the temptation to allow oneself to be beaten down. Justice is probably something devine. We, mere mortals, only aim for truth, and to do that we created laws, which are the next best thing, at least as good as we can do, not being devine.

    Blair is of course an almost completely corrupt creature who is also rather pathetic at the same time. His slimy, salesman, talkshow host, character shines through the makeup. His tawdry need to be accepted and loved by great and powerful men, is creepy. His low desire to serve them and their narrow interests makes one’s skin shiver with revulsion. The sickly, smiling, servility; his little eyes shining as he licks his lying lips and thinks about the next huge fee he’s going to pocket, yuk!

    Craig. You, despite your all too human frailties, are worth an army of Blairs.

  • Ed

    Seeing Blair in any capacity remains horrifying.
    This is not meant as an apology for Sharon’s past crimes, but I felt he turned out to be a more pragmatic Israeli prime minister than anyone anticipated, and I think he genuinely hoped to reach a new peace deal. He disengaged from Gaza, confronted settlers in a way few Israeli PMs before or since have done, and oversaw a general de-escalation of tensions with the likes of Lebanon and Syria.
    Things have been appreciably worse since he left office, especially under Netanyahu. I think there’s a good question for scholars, what might have been for the Middle East peace process had Sharon’s time coincided with a different American administration. The Bush administration was at its worst just as Sharon was sticking it to the Israeli far right, and winning politically.

  • Keith Crosby

    Smoke Bliar a kippah, he’ll be back for expenses.

    Still here then? It cheers me up no end. ;O)

  • Clark

    Craig, good to see you’ve posted again. I’ve missed you.

    pete, 12:50 pm:

    “Does anyone know why Blair look more and more shifty every time he makes an appearance?”

    It could be because of this:

    Exclusive: Devastating dossier on ‘abuse’ by UK forces in Iraq goes to International Criminal Court


    No, no conscience, but a good sense of when the weasels are closing in…

  • Jon (the mod one)

    Let me add my voice to the “welcome backs” – you are missed, Craig. I like to think that you have some spare writing capacity for the blog after working on your book!

  • glenn_uk

    Three months – and finally a new post! Hope you’re well, and that the next post doesn’t take quite so long.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • Phil

    Good to see you back Craig.

    And glad to see you’re still modding Jon. Unless you mean you have acquired a retro scooter with excessive wing mirrors.

  • DoNNyDarKo

    Guess Tony has shed the sheep’s clothing and only the devoted Zionist remains.
    Every bit as evil and pro Isreal as the man he eulogises.
    He knows no shame. Hasn’t for many millions of pounds.
    The truth is catching up,hopefully justice too.
    Great hearing from you craig. Too much going on not to read your comments.
    Mod: to keep this blog from getting all shill & trolled up, limit the number of posts.

  • Mary

    Former prime minister Tony Blair was painted in 2008 by Phil Hale for £6,000.

    Photoshopped by Julian Gibson

    Painter Alastair Adams. Cost to the taxpayer unknown. The portrait is hanging in the National Portrait Gallery.

  • Phil

    Mary 13 Jan, 2014 – 5:20 pm
    “Cost to the taxpayer unknown.”

    Well the Blair painting is 48″ * 36″ which according to the artist’s price list would cost about £11,500. Maybe he doubles the price for war criminals.

    It really is a grim painting made all the better by Gibson’s addition.

  • Mary

    The link to the ‘moody picture’ of Tony Blair by Phil Dale was copied from the set shown alongside this article.

    The troughers have no shame.

    MPs Spend £250k On Portraits Of Themselves
    Politicians are criticised for spending thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on a huge “vanity project”.

    ‘MPs have spent almost £250,000 of taxpayers’ money on portraits of themselves, it has been revealed.

    The pictures include a painting of Labour MP Diane Abbott for £11,750, a £10,000 image of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and an £8,000 portrait of Minister Without Portfolio Ken Clarke.

    Other portraits include a £4,000 oil painting of Foreign Secretary William Hague, a £10,346 picture of Sir Menzies Campbell and a £6,000 triptych of Tony Blair, Charles Kennedy and William Hague.

    A bronze of Margaret Thatcher was unveiled in 2007 at a cost of £80,000.

    The former Tory leader Michael Howard sat for a £9,400 painting, while former prime minister Sir John Major was depicted in a £6,000 bronze bust.

    The artworks have all been commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, a cross-party committee, since 1995.’

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