An Apology 1284

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.

This is why I don’t ask for donations for the blog…

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  • Ba'al Zevul

    Attack Of The Zombie –

    Tony Blair calls for people to ‘rise up’ against Brexit

    Always was fond of a bit of fiighting, was Tony. As long as someone else suffered the consequences. Anyway, that looks to me like incitement to riot. Any old Orgreave plods ready to take up the challenge?

    The campaign comes complete with social media stooges. Someone called Alastair Campbell, of whom we have never heard, tweets:

    Fascinating to see how Brexitremists don’t want to engage on the substance of the argument re @tonyblairoffice speech, just shoot messenger

    Which as the Proclamation of Tony Blair’s text has only just been released (though to all media everywhere), and he hasn’t even made the damn speech at this time, could be construed as premature.

    The substance of the argument, Alastair, is that Blair has a very significant personal, ideological, social and financial interest in globalisation. But as usual he stays well away from the substance, and in the true spirit of 1984 asserts that patriotism is best served by having someone else govern you. K?

    There is another take on this, however. As Scott Nelson, of Socialist Voice, tweeted:

    Tony Blair has scurried out of the sewer spouting anti-Brexit rhetoric to sabotage Labour’s by-elections. Both are Brexit constituencies.


  • Ba'al Zevul

    The Tony Blair Institute ( which, as a private limited company should legally be The Tony Blair Institute Limited, and isn’t) has reached critical mass, and is now a regulatory black hole, At its event horizon is this:
    No longer maintained, and for why?

    The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s (TBFF) work is now carried out by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
    But the registered name of that company is different, as noted above.

    The entity registered as The Tony Blair Governance Initiative (private limited company and charity, also trades as the Africa Governance Initiative, etc, SIC 82990 – Other business support service activities not elsewhere classified, ) submitted a Confirmation Statement in December., but there is as yet no indication that it will be merging with the TBI.

    If it does, and it presumably will, the TBI, which is not a charity, will be accounting for the funds of two* charities and of the exclusively political structure promoting globalisation, as well as any other assets and funds it attracts for its widely-defined purposes. If the charities’ own private limited companies are wound up, the entire empire will have one person with significant control (PSC), one Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, rather than the eight or so PSC’s currently running the charities’ companies. Curious.

    *Or three. The Tony Blair Sports Foundation seems to be a more honest endeavour, and to have been run from the Northeast, rather than Blair Inc’s London HQ. Blair only matches the (declining) funding it attracts for itself, and it may even have the opportunity to decide its own fate.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Ho hum…

    I think we should record this as as an instance of good intentions blowing up in Tony’s face. It’s even possible that if Fiddler had been extracted from the tender mercies of the Guantanamo staff more quickly, he would have had less reason to despise Western values, but it’s a hard call. And then there’s the compensation:

    Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, who revealed details of the settlement in the Commons in November 2010, said the deal was confidential but necessary.

    A legal battle would have laid bare the depth to which Tony Blair’s Labour Government was complicit in rendition and torture – but the Tory-led coalition made clear that it wanted to avoid a court case which would have cost up to £50million.


    • Ba'al Zevul

      Footnote, in interests of a fair hearing (which Fiddler didn’t get):

      Yes, the Mail is guilty of hypocrisy, but we don’t recall Blair in his pomp criticising Murdoch’s rags on that issue.

      And no, the issue of a British citizen being imprisoned in degrading conditions without trial by a foreign power doesn’t seem to enter into Blair’s thinking. He tacitly condoned Guantanamo, and everything that went on there.


      • Ba'al Zevul

        Contrary to the implication in Blair’s apologia, the Mail makes it very clear that the Tories, not Blair’s government, awarded the compensation. Blair does not address the question of why, for which the Mail’s explanation, quoted above, seems absolutely credible, and which he does not contradict. Once a lawyer, always a lawyer.

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