An Apology 2223


I am so committed to getting my book finished I really don’t have time or energy to blog at the moment, and realise it has been very desultory the last few weeks. I am well and happy, it is just that writing a properly researched history is incredibly intensive. I realise there is much of great interest happening in the world, but I must sometimes cut myself off from it.

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  • Komodo

    Friday found Tony in Washington having what was almost certainly not a Full English breakfast with SID. Not the gas guy of embarrassing memory, but the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter. This is a monster thinktank-cum-talking shop devoted to agreeable meetings promoting globalisation, probably taken seriously by anyone wanting to make an ethical-seeming profit out of an African dictator and an aid budget. Its Wikipedia entry was manifestly written by its own PR team, so is no help, but the presumption must be that it is funded clandestinely, at least in part by the USG. We welcome further information.

    Tony was talking about the TBIfTB, as usual. Nothing original was said as far as we know.

  • Komodo

    There are few insights to be found in this podcast, made by a venture capital firm, Andreesen Horowitz, a major investor in wholly intangible digital applications which make loadsamoney out of data. The blairing is Globalist Harangue #3, and is notable only for Blair’s assumption that it is the politicians who tell the public what to do, rather than the other way around. The Institute for Global Blair’s meme (“for the many not the few” – stolen from Labour) is shoehorned into the summary, but somehow fails to conceal the demonstrable fact that Tony is paid by, and only ever talks to, the “few”.

    https://a16z.com/2019/06/16/politics-technology-policy-regulation-tony-blair/

  • Komodo

    We could find no other record of this rather un-Blairish blairing than some Colombian outlets. It is credited to the BBC, but with no date or details. But we would like to believe that The Master has now comprehensively alienated the entire population of Colombia with some words which should be enough to get him the Colombian necktie (Google that. Unless squeamish)

    No, we don’t think it’s Blair, unless he was pissed. But what fun it would be if it was…

    https://comunicar-jacsanjosebaq.blogspot.com/2019/07/opinion-muy-dura-contra-el-pueblo.html

  • Komodo

    We’re always interested in other peoples’ attempts to discover where Blair’s income comes from. One such is a Mr. PJ Rees. Who asks, under FoI:

    Dear Cabinet Office,
    What public duties did Tony Blair and David Cameron carry out in 2018 that justifies the payment of the (Public Duty Costs Allowance -K)?….

    This is probably a most entertaining can of worms, and I do not anticipate a straight answer emerging from the Cabinet Office. For instance, were his many conversations with European leaders last year, and to date, plotting against stated Government policy to obtain Brexit, been subsidised from this convenient source? His media appearances, attacking the elected leader of his own party as well as its opponents?
    The opaque machinations of the Institute for Blair in general? Has the UK (as opposed to one or two of its corporations) benefited in any way from these? Should this payment be made at all to someone already being paid handsomely by the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and foreign corporations?
    We may never know. But there’s no harm in asking. Repeatedly and in detail.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pdca_2
    https://files.whatdotheyknow.com/request/public_duty_costs_allowance_guid/pdca%20guidance%202016%20release.pdf

  • Komodo

    DIARY:

    https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/tony-blair-to-speak-at-the-board-of-deputies-dinner-in-november/

    Just in case Corbyn hasn’t been “sacrificed*” by then. Still waiting to see Tony invite himself to a Muslim Council of Great Britain bash, though. Funny, dat. Location and date not yet clear. Look for the security cordon.

    * https://skwawkbox.org/2019/07/20/board-of-deputies-has-not-deleted-video-calling-for-corbyn-to-be-sacrificed-or-apologised-to-him/

  • Komodo

    “Tony’s” lambasting of the Colombian people* has now been reproduced pretty well word-for-word, but with the target switched to the Mexican population. Whoever’s doing this presumably shares our own high opinion of Mr Blair, and we wish them every success in making the name a hissing and a byword throughout Latin America:

    https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/mundo/los-mexicanos-son-cobardes-critica-tony-blair-ex-primer-ministro-de-reino-unido-3964363.html

    …and from other, presumably dissident, Mexican outlets.

    “They voted for Andrés López Obrador, more than a year ago, there have been electoral frauds as in other countries. They called the demons and now it will be difficult for them to get rid of them, ”he said.

    Tony, as we noted at the time, joined President Obrador at the Coparmex (Mexican employer’s federation) conference last October, but criticism of El Jefe was notably lacking from his blairing. Who’s next? Bolsonaro, ideally.

    * https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/02/an-apology/comment-page-57/#comment-881582

  • Komodo

    ESOTERICA:
    Tony Blair was the guest speaker at the first National Mod Meeting (as in scooters, parkas and seaside riots) in Peterborough, in 1985.
    It appears not to have been a triumph (even a Triumph Tina): “In hindsight, it would have been better if Buster Bloodvessel had been the guest speaker and Tony Blair was given something he could cope with, like playing a tambourine or triangle”,, writes someone in Classic Scooterist. Very, very few people know that.

    https://www.classicscooterist.com/soul-shoutin-a-mod-called-joe/

    It all fits.

  • Komodo

    DIARY:
    The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are excited to convene an Insights Forum in Nairobi, Kenya from 20-21 November 2019. We will bring together organisations working with religious actors in the preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) and peacebuilding sectors across the Sahel and sub-Saharan Africa
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/alliance-for-peacebuilding
    (relevant entry will descend and possibly disappear with time)

    The Alliance for Peacebuilding is a poorly documented not-for-profit based in Washington DC. Its president and CEO is one Chic Dambach. Who also happens to be the Chairman of the Board of the Coalition for American Leadership Abroad.
    Senior fellows include:
    Tanya Domi – ex State Department
    Larry Garber – ex- USAID, National Defense University, former CEO of the New Israel Fund
    Ravi Venkatesan – former chairman of Microsoft India and venture capitalist.

    It all looks rather neoliberal – something for which the burgeoning peacebuilding industry has been widely criticised – and very well funded. By whom? we don’t know…

  • Komodo

    We notice that the somewhat rotund form of Kathryn Blair has been spotted in Sardinia, where she has been in the process of marrying a James Haslam. (Who he?- K) (Is he loaded? – CB) It looks like the whole family has gathered at San Teodoro, and flights by M-USIK to and from Sardinia at the end of last month give further corroboration of this exclusive event.

    http://www.lanuovasardegna.it/nuoro/cronaca/2019/08/03/news/la-figlia-di-tony-blair-si-sposa-a-san-teodoro-1.17861717

  • Komodo

    We have our suspicions regarding the marriage of Kathryn Blair, as reported by a Sardinian outfit, above. They certainly didn’t get their own picture, as the one they supplied was of Euan Blair’s ostentatious nuptials in Blighty six years ago. …..

    https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/the-wedding-of-euan-blair-and-suzanne-ashman-at-all-saints-parish-church-in-wotton-underwood-buckinghamshire-britain-14-sep-2013-3025095b

    File with a pinch of salt. With her mother’s tendency to pork and mouth dimensions, but her father’s bottom lip, we fully understand that getting wed may not be a walk in the park.

  • Komodo

    Supplementary to the above:
    M-USIK flew from Zurich to (probably) Olbia on the 31st July
    On the 2nd August, it did a round trip from Olbia to Mykonos and back. Today it is still at Olbia.

    The Sawiris yacht, YALLA, is currently moored at Porte Cervo, N. of Olbia.

    The other Sawiris yacht, CRAZY ME, is anchored nearby.

    This is the traditional freebie time for Tony, of course, but we will have to wait until the paps find him, and his daughter, for any further confirmation that the no doubt lucrative Blair-Sawiris connection endures.

  • Komodo

    More detail leaking through the security perimeter:

    https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.lanuovasardegna.it/tempo-libero/2019/08/03/news/kathryn-sposina-supervip-1.17861996&prev=search
    The wedding was today, allegedly.

    We wonder if the entrepreneur hosting the tribe might be Silvio Berlusconi, who has been adding to his villa complex nearby. Tony was last reported as staying there in 2004, but there have been several contacts since.

  • Komodo

    Yet more:..

    http://www.lanuovasardegna.it/tempo-libero/2019/08/04/news/un-angolo-di-paradiso-per-il-si-di-kathryn-blair-1.17862413

    …salient points being that Locations, spaces and roads have already been monitored in recent weeks by the British secret services in connection with Italian colleagues. FoI requests as to the cost to the hardworking UK taxpayer of policing this and previous Blair weddings are overdue. There may be further taxpayer-secured high jinks back home, in the course of a religious endorsement of the Sardinian civil ceremony. Palau is a nearby locality,not as far as we are aware a family of entrepreneurs, further information welcome.

    As it is on the fortunate groom, whose origins and occupation still appear to be a closely-guarded secret. We will venture a small wager that James Haslam is either a lawyer or an accountant, rather than a gay Elvis impersonator:
    https://pressreleases.responsesource.com/news/98177/first-best-lgbtq-elvis-tribute-act-award-porthcawl-elvis-festival/
    …but we have been wrong before.

    • Komodo

      The captains and the kings have departed, it seems. M=USIK flew to Cairo – perhaps, since ADS-B data is incomplete for this. Other options would be Sharm or Hurghada. YALLA is now at Athens, but CRAZY ME is still off the Costa Smerelda. The Mail adds the information that the exercise was conducted while the ‘royal’ Family was on holiday, and the question of Tony’s whereabouts remains open. Although the sleb-studded crowd (Madonna, Kourtney Kardshian, Steve Jobs and Alisher Usmanov have all been flaunting their bikini-clad boobs/perfect abs/money near San Teodoro last week) must be an attraction, the possibility of being spotted anywhere but in the close company of an African dictator or in a pro-European television studio seems to be the better part of discretion these days. A freebie aboard CRAZY ME, is our best current guess.

      • Komodo

        However, YALLA’s 9.5m ‘limousine’ tender (TT YALLA) remains at Porto Cervo, with CRAZY ME. Great for coasthopping guests, and privacy on demand for transfers.

        • Komodo

          We erred earlier. There are two YALLA’s. The Sawiris YALLA (KY reg) is still at Porto Cervo It is the other similarly ostentatious gin palace by that name which went to Athens.

  • Komodo

    We suggested at the time that the World Humanitarian Forum, in April, as we noted, attended by the humanitarian Blairs, might be in some way connected with Turkish interests. The three listed directors of World Humanitarian Forum Ltd all have unmistakeably Turkish names. We hear an invasion by Turkish arms of eastern Syria’s Kurd-controlled territory is imminent. No doubt this will be as humanitarian as all get out.

  • Komodo

    DIARY (probably)
    The GovTech Summit, which is coy about its intentions but appears to be a networkfest for dynamic global entrepreneurs looking for yet more ways to milk global taxpayers, takes place in November. The organisers, “PUBLIC” (see what they did?) have already obtained the Blair imprimatur and given him an interview platform, so we can expect to receive further platitudinous arm-waving waffle at the event. 14th November, Palais Brongniart, 16 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris.

    https://govtechsummit.eu/

    PUBLIC is a venture capital fund. We have no idea where it gets its money, but someone’s taxpaying public is probably the ultimate source. Its CEO is Daniel Korski, a name which may be familiar in Craig’s circles,and who was latterly one of David Cameron’s SpAds. It is perhaps no coincidence that the Govtech Summit claims both the UK Embassy in Paris and the UK Science and Innovation Network (also government -run) as partners.
    Its internet domain is the British Indian Ocean Territory (.io).

  • Komodo

    DIARY:

    African Green Revolution Forum, 3-6 Sept 2019, Accra, Ghana. (Tony also attended last year, in the company, naturally, of Paul Kagame.)
    3rd Sept:
    AASR – The role of Private Sector in Ag (sic)…Fireside Chat, with Mr Blair
    4th Sept:
    Supporting CAADP Priorities for Progress, 1100-1300; Brief remarks by Mr Toad Blair.
    Plenary, 1430-1730. Mr Blair moderates the Presidential Summit.

    The Institute for Global Blair is well embedded in Ghana’s government.

  • Komodo

    Meanwhile, in the Balkans….

    http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a507108/Tony-Blair-links-Vucic-with-some-PMs-accused-of-corruption.html

    The link wording is a little misleading and the translation shaky. However, the article points out that Vucic, Ponta and Brnabic have all been advised by Blair, and are all, allegedly corrupt. We are sure our own numerous posts on these relationships could have given no-one that impression! Good to see Sebastian Ghita (aka Gica) hasn’t been forgotten,

    ““inside Blair’s circle, Vucic is linked to other common allies like Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman, also advised by Blair, as is UAE, which, Brnabic said, paid for Blair’s consultancy to her Government through ‘Tony Blair Associates’ company.” “

  • Komodo

    We were pleased to see signs of rationality surfacing among Blair’s clients…

    https://www.trbusiness.com/regional-news/international/tfwa-president-defends-selection-of-tony-blair-as-keynote-speaker/170633

    With this in mind, there may be some industry stakeholders (attending the TFWA conference -K) who believe a cheaper keynote speaker would have been more viable and would rather have seen the money invested elsewhere. TFWA has not revealed the fee for his services.
    But, just as Brutus was ‘an honourable man’, so Tony is an “authoritative” speaker. And it costs good money to have a team writing your speeches.

    We learn also that Blair is to undergo a brutal interrogation by Natasha Kaplinsky at the Board of Deputies bash on November 4th. Natasha, best remembered for setting fire to her boat while on holiday at her 5-bed mansion on Corfu, lends her celebrity status to holocaust-related causes*, and we imagine that Labour’s alleged antisemitism will get a full airing.

    *Notably for pissing £75M of taxpayer’s money on yet another memorial: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/05/britain-doesnt-need-another-holocaust-memorial/

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