An Apology 1828


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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  • Ba'al Zevul

    DIARY:
    Too late now to obtain tickets for standup phenomenon T. Blair and his similarly self-enriching (though never elected) politician crony Jonathan Powell, supported by their old mentor Bill Clinton, at Queen’s University Belfast tomorrow. All gone, sorry. But you will be able to catch The Master’s pearls of wisdom relayed to the world later by the TBIfTB, we have no doubt. Joe Coral has declined to take our offer of a bet that the blairing will include copious reference to Brexit, in addition to oh so modestly disclaiming any notion that he, Blair, single-handedly reconciled the Irish with the Third Way. Aw, shucks, guys.
    Funny that Mandelson’s not there, but maybe Trump’s revenge on old chum Oleg Deripaska means that he’s got unscheduled advising to do elsewhere…

    http://www.qub.ac.uk/Research/GRI/mitchell-institute/good-friday-agreement-20-years-on/

  • Ba'al Zevul

    (numerous expletives deleted; please supply your own – BZ)

    Is there no end to the man’s self-aggrandising, morally-degraded, bombastic desire to spend money we haven’t got on causes which cannot possibly benefit us?

    No.

    https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/tony-blair/news/94260/tony-blair-says-theresa-may-does-not

    Tony Blair has said Theresa May can launch an air attack on the Syrian government without the approval of MPs – as he urged her to stand with the US over the latest chemical weapons attack.

    How much more chaos does the bastard want in the ME? While lining up with (expletives) like John Bolton to destroy anyone Netanyahu considers vaguely hostile to a state not our own, on the one hand, on the other he witters unsuppressibly on about his ‘centrist’ fantasy.

    We are no fan of Russia’s or Assad’s, none at all. We find ourselves at unresolvable odds with Craig on this one, in fact. But the chances of peace under Assad’s despotism are a damn sight higher than those for peace under democracy, globalist-style, requiring a puppet government and in the face of major and continuing disagreement among the current combatants. It worked before, until Blair’s neocon chums stirred it up and turned a peaceful movement into a very-well armed insurrection. Assad’s regime wasn’t nice, it wasn’t humane, and it wasn’t democratic, but is this? Is any likely outcome of escalating and complicating the violence going to be better?

    If Blair had any shame at all, he’d shoot himself. But, having never held a rifle himself, and his nearest approach to an active war zone having been at 45,000 feet above it in an executive jet, he (expletive) presumes….?

    • Ba'al Zevul

      A disclaimer is needed here. Despite every Russian-backed outlet on t’web collapsing in hysterical laughter – a we did – at Blair’s intervention, we do realise that Russia has a dog in the fight, and an overwhelming interest in preventing its further escalation, especially considering its relaxed attitude to the use of illegal chemical agents by its allies. Or indeed by itself.

      And here we find ourselves in broad agreement with Russia, for once. But for very different reasons, besides our visceral loathing of everything Blair.

      It’s reasonably certain that any investigation of the latest chlorine attack will be inconclusive, if only because the guilty party will ensure that it is. There is little or no chance, given the situation on the ground, that anyone above the rank of corporal will be disciplined, or that an exchange of missiles will convince anyone not already convinced (as we are) that the use of chemical weapons is beyond the pale. Therefore there is no point in taking ‘punitive’ action which may well kill and maim many more people than the chlorine attacks, and, to be brutal about it, just as painfully and disgustingly. There is a much better case for tightening up controls if and when international tensions die down, under the promise of genuine and rigorous economic sanctions.

      We return you to the studio.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    DIARY:
    A blairing is threatened in Singapore on the 13th. Presented by DLF Group – Indian property developers – and in particular their new Gurgaon yuppie lifestyle development, The Camellias (payment for publicity in brown envelope to usual cutout please – BZ), we fear that Mr Blair has not been given star billing here, where he is listed after the cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. The topic of his discourse is as yet unknown, but we have little doubt that Gurgaon, (pace Kipling’s description of Carthage in ‘Stalky & Co’, “a sort of n***er Manchester”) is the most wonderful place on earth apart from Singapore, that Tony just loves your Singaporean culture, and with your help we won’t have to leave Europe, and we’ll help India/Singapore join. Buzzword bingo: ‘political centre’, ‘European Union’, ‘leadership’, ‘entrepreneur’ …etc.

    Cherie was in India last month. Where wimmin ‘can be the shining stars in India’s growth story’, apparently. Just don’t tell their husbands, right?

  • Ba'al Zevul

    While Blair may not be front and, well, centre of the new putative centrist party backed by former DVD salesman Simon Franks, we imagine that he and Brown are lurking in the shadows awaiting their opportunity. Whether or not the Other Miliband abandons International Rescue and Lady Penelope to run the project. Little is known, and less published regarding Franks, but Companies House reveals several co-directorships with Jonathan “Lord” Mendelsohn, whose commercial (and spiritual) milieu is similar. Mendelsohn acted for Brown in the capacity that identically unelected “Lord” Levy did for Blair – fundraising. Is Franks playing for a peerage too, we wonder? Or is he just a channel for Levy’s old cash stream? Either way, certain recent criticisms of Corbyn’s Labour might become identifiable as a pre-emptive strike. Watching this space.

    Good article, btw.
    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/centrist-party-tony-blair-david-miliband-corbyn-labour-suggested-name-a8297851.html

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Mystic Ba’al saw something stirring in the crystal ball, evidently:

      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/10/tony-blairs-son-has-links-to-possible-new-british-centrist-party

      One person who was approached to join the fledgling organisation was told Euan Blair was on its board, and his father, the former Labour prime minister, had been helpful in recommending potential donors. Other sources confirmed Euan Blair’s name had been associated with the project.
      The 34-year-old runs a tech startup, WhiteHat
      (qv, passim – BZ), which helps to recruit and place apprentices. He did not respond to requests for a statement.
      One ally said backers of the new party had been “overclaiming” about Blair’s involvement, and he was simply part of a network of socially minded business leaders keen to develop policy ideas.

      Tony Blair denied any direct involvement with the group.

      Which, students of Blair will realise, is equivalent to admitting that the entire resources of TBIfTB have been flung behind POMfUK – the new party – under the nominal control of someone anonymous reporting to Blair.

      Oh, and those ‘potential donors’. Will ‘Lord Cashpoint’ Levy be returning from the Middle East to reprise his performance in 1996-2006? Or ‘Lord’ Mendelsohn (former Holocaust Memorial Trust director). Or will Tony be tapping, say Abdel al-Sisi , the UAE sovereign fund, Mubadala and Paul Kagame in order to ensure that democracy in the UK becomes even more of an international laughing-stock? We bate our breath, and await.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    And we seethat the TBIfTB is advertising for a Governance Advisor (transport) to be embedded in Mozambique. Which begs an interesting question – the usual one, as it happens. Who’s paying for this? There will now be at least three Blair suits, on not inconsiderable money. expenses, accommodation and transport, attached to Mozambique’s bureaucracy. And Mozambique’s flat broke:

    https://www.ft.com/content/ea881512-2c81-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381

    so presumably it isn’t footing the bill.
    While direct aid by international donors to the government has been prudently suspended –

    http://oneworld.org/2018/01/07/mozambique-successfully-resistaing-aid-donors-pressure/

    The UK is one of these donors. However, it continues to fund multilateral agencies (the World Bank and UN) , NGO’s and PSC’s (private sector contractors) working in the country. And ‘governance’ accounts for a healthy tranche of total aid. PSC’s are heavily scrutinised for compliance with their stated objectives, so it is unlikely Tony’s working this seam. His objectives are never specified. But he fits the NGO profile, and has tapped the World Bank for previous projects.
    We don’t think the Blair millions will be depleted by the appointment.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    As it fell out, some reverse ferreting was evident Singapore. Where Mr Blair acknowledged in so many words that Muslim immigration was, after all, a problem in the West:
    Immigration and large-scale migration from the Muslim world is the single biggest driver of EU politics today

    … and that’s why populism. Which is bad, bad, bad.

    We imagine that this was part of the New Blair New Policy statement, that, to quote:
    A strong centrist ™ leadership would speak directly about the uncomfortable truths and address them pragmatically through politics and policy,”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/tony-blair-explains-why-he-s-looking-for-a-second-act-in-uk-politics/story-otDsEMYcCnXfECoSYq7TRM.html
    *The accompanying pic captures the man’s degraded soul quite uncannily)

    The historical record shows that ‘addressing uncomfortable truths pragmatically’, in Blair’s book, means ignoring justified public concerns, making up policy without reference to the Cabinet, plain lying and massive corporatist spin. As witness his determination to preserve free movement of cheap labour in an EU of which the UK remains a member, no matter how many times the electorate is required to vote before the ‘right’…or centre ™ … result is obtained.

    As the bolloxometer backed slightly from 1 megaball/sec, Tony also offered the government of Andhra Pradesh his dubious services in the areas of governance and globalisation ™. Tony is apparently associated with 200 educational institutes in India*, and this was one selling point offered. But we note that Andhra Pradesh is exceptionally rich in a variety of minerals too, and Tony’s known sponsors may find this aspect more interesting.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/tony-blairs-policy-think-tank-offers-to-help-rebuild-andhra-pradesh/article23531609.ece

    But is Naidu a nice centrist or a bad, bad, bad populist, Tony?
    https://theprint.in/opinion/modi-actually-chandrababu-naidu-2-0/39199/

    *See also GEMS Education, Sonny Varkey, Laureate Education. Investment note: Education, like health care, is a counter cyclical sector, performing well even in a recession.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    The blairing in Belfast on the 10th contained no reference to Mo Mowlem, whose involvement in the tortuous negotiations was crucial, and at the time, well-reported. Blair tended to distance himself from this, increasingly as time went on, and in his usurpation of the credit for many other peoples’ efforts (to say nothing of building his lucrative advisory business on them), Mowlem has been written out of New Labour’s New History of Ireland.

    This has not gone unnoticed:

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/mo-mowlam-airbrushed-from-good-friday-agreements-history-claims-angry-stepdaughter-36809728.html

  • Komodo

    We have no idea where Tony is today – M-ASRI is in New York – but the missus was available for government contracts at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London yesterday. Where she met Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo, but then again, so did Jeremy Corbyn.

    https://www.facebook.com/nakufoaddo/posts/10156293361724836

    Akufo-Addo is loaded and his younger brother is a near neighbour of the Blairs…
    https://www.opensourceinvestigations.com/ghana/revealed-akufo-addos-multi-million-dollar-homes-london/

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Tony was pressing the flesh with the leaders of mineral-rich African countries at the Commonwealth Heads of Government yesterday. His protege, Paul Kagame, President-until-2035 (at least) of Rwanda, and very likely war criminal, was also on hand in his capacity of head of the African Union, obtained with the adoring support of Blair and Clinton, whose joint project he is. Ghana’s Akufo-Addo records his meeting with Tony, but other heads of government seem more reticent about their audiences with the great man, if any.

    https://www.facebook.com/nakufoaddo/posts/10156296120314836

    Mildly encouraging to see Blair where he belongs, ‘on the sidelines’. But we wonder whether the event should be open to investment brokers and lobbyists at all. Corruption is a huge problem in many African countries, and this surely sends the wrong message.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    We’ll try the indirect approach to this one. Here’s the Graun having yet another go at Brexit, its Islington perception of the Commonwealth, and, inevitably, Boris Johnson…

    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/18/commonwealth-leaders-brexit-cynical-lost-empire-vision-peter-beaumont

    And here’s Tony Blair, canonised and afforded unlimited favourable exposure by the Graun, having (with his wife) schmoozed Ghana’s Akufo-Addo, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, moderating Barrow’s address to Chatham House, during Barrow’s attendance at that same meeting.

    http://www.pacificpressagency.com/galleries/31844/uk-gambias-pres-adama-barrow-at-chatham-house

    We find this very encouraging. What the Graun has left out of its equation is that the Commonwealth can provide the markets and investment opportunities that the EU cannot. That even hysterical Remoaners like Blair will be providing for their political and financial futures in the event of our actually leaving the EU. And there he is, playing both ends against the middle as usual. Renascent Tony, flogging his Commonwealth connections to any African state mug enough to buy them, exactly as he was flogging the EU in the Balkans.

    Ironic or what?

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Weird to find financial genius Tony Blair talking down the Euro. But there he is, back home in the USA doing exactly that.
    The date is highly uncertain. Blair was due to headline TDA’s gig in 2011, but had to be replaced by Colin Powell as Tony had flown to Egypt to help his chum Hosni “Tahrir Square” Mubarak* put down his discontented subjects. And we have as yet found no other reference to the event.
    (TDA is a large Nebraska investment management outfit)

    http://www.wallstreetandtech.com/tony-blair-on-the-future-of-the-euro/v/d-id/1269055.html
    We can’t play the video, good luck with that.

    * (1) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/02/tony-blair-mubarak-is-imm_n_817644.html
    * (2) https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/mubaraks-human-rights-record/

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