An Apology 1534

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

    And Mr Tony will be preaching on The Middle Way ™ today in New York.

    His priorities evidently having changed, he is listed as Chairman, European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation & Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

    The ECTR, as we have noted before, is a lobbying spinoff of the ECJ, headed by its founder Moishe Kantor. It supports settlements in the Occupied Territories.

    Cherie Blair will also favour the Concordia summit with her presence. as she sits on this rich suits’ talking shop’s Leadership Council.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Tony’s been in full mouth-off mode this week. In addition to several ex-cathedra pronouncements on Brexit, which does not apparently appeal to Tony’s backers – who knew?, the Grauniad Online, but not the print edition, contained the Blair solution to the ongoing disaster in the Sahel (you gotta, y’know, form a federation and deal with it…maybe under the auspices of that well-known bringer of peace and contentment, me)…which was of further interest since, though clearly the work of the TBIFGC’s PR team, it was accompanied by the logo of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See-

    A suspicion is forming that Tony’s attachment to the Clinton teat having weakened over the years, he has now identified a replacement foster-billionaire.

    And at Concordia yesterday, he managed to identify Trump with Brexit, skating just so close to criticism of the former as not to imperil his chances of Trump offering him a sinecure role in the MidEast. Or at Mar-a-Lago. Hilariously, Blair, Asked about Trump’s use of Twitter, … politely criticized the practice. “Trying to reduce complicated things to 140 characters is,” Blair said, pausing for a few seconds, “Is not productive.”

    Indeed, Tony. You need a lot more words than that to reduce complicated things to your own level of comprehension,and rework them to fit your agenda. Many of them untrue.

    On the bright side, Tony does not yet seem to have given his opinion, helpful advice or indeed any secondhand aid, to the unfortunate residents of the Caribbean islands continuing to be devastated by hurricanes. We suppose that leeching charitable funds into nebulous and/or opaque governance projects requires some sort of infrastructure to be in place or the magic doesn’t work.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Tony also popped up yesterday to appreciate the award to King Mohammed VI of Morocco of something or other on behalf of something called The Global Hope Coalition*; allegedly under the auspices of UNESCO –

    According to its website, GCH is a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, is establishing a global platform to empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our cultural heritage and build bridges across cultures. It has no stated involvement with UNESCO, and Blair is not featured either as a ‘leader’ or an ‘expert’. The featured speaker at its $350-a-head dinner yesterday was to have been Emmanuel Macron. Presumably Blair snuck in there on his ECTR card (see above, and passim). They need better security.

    While King Mohammed’s record is pretty good on the preservation cultural heritage, the all-permeating corruption of Moroccan society, and the fact that Mohammed is worth more than $5Bn, must also be attractive to Tony. We are not surprised he has associated himself with the award. Cherie was also in the vicinity, participating in a ‘first lady’ coven under the GCH banner.

    Another agreeable talking shop on the lucrative circuit, for both, then.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    He just keeps on giving, this week. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ (morning chat ‘n’ noos show, umbilically connected to the political elite) along with a couple more mayors, and Senator McCain:

    From this, all Blair and ‘Morning Joe’ seem to have in common is stunning superficiality. There was probably a free breakfast…

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Also on Bloomberg, Blair appears to have warned the Americans that the result of Brexit could be a hard Left UK government. And he thought he’d done away with political choice, too. Still, this is a much more potent threat than mad dictators building nuclear weapons or climate change, and we imagine the CIA is even now constructing an exploding cigar or a boobytrapped toilet seat for Corbyn. The status quo must be maintained:

    Bloody lefties.

    At another round table, it appears Cherie will be grimacing in synchrony with the notion that slavery is a Bad Thing (even global slavery!*) and urging someone unspecified to Do Something About It. Conclusions will perhaps be reached, networking will occur, there may be a delicious buffet, and it is reasonably certain that the Gulf states will be tactfully omitted from the mailing list for the final Resolution.

    *Watch the press for details of the Ba’al Institute’s forthcoming Global Forum on Microwaving Kittens, which we are honoured to sponsor. We are calling for global condemnation of kitten-microwavers, in the certain knowledge that our press profile will be enhanced by talking about a cause which no-one would dare to criticise. Even the hard Left.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Press release on Cherie’s speaking gig battle against global slavery:

      Mr. Forrest said punishing businesses and governments only propagates slavery …

      There’s another way? Oh, yes:

      He said that success in combatting slavery will come when businesses work alongside governments in a collegiate, collaborative way through the enforcement of consumers, NGOs and the greater public.

      Cue the Great Rock Candy Mountain and airborne bacon.

      • Ba'al Zevul

        Let’s try that again, shall we?

        Press release on Cherie’s speaking gig battle against global slavery:

        Mr. Forrest said punishing businesses and governments only propagates slavery …

        There’s another way? Oh, yes:

        … success in combatting slavery will come when businesses work alongside governments in a collegiate, collaborative way through the enforcement of consumers, NGOs and the greater public.

        Some wing of pork, please, waiter.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    We apologise for this flurry of sightings, but we consider it our duty to discover as much as we can of this extremely devious and dishonest man’s continuing promotion of his personal objectives. Here he was, yet again, on Sunday, again utilising the publicity circus surrounding the UN General Assembly meeting (with which despite carefully-nurtured appearances, he has no official connection whatever):

    The parent of New Center, in whose conference about 100 politicians, financial backers and others convened to hear former British prime minister Tony Blair in a conversation with Joe Lieberman,a former U.S. senator from Connecticut and a No Labels co-chair, about the dire need to counter partisan ideology and the concerning global rise of strongman No Labels, a US centrist pressure group whose funding is opaque and which has been characterised as wishing to promote austerity. It appears to have been ineffective to date: Wikipedia is entertaining on the subject:

    No Labels has been criticized for a lack of transparency in funding. As a registered 501(c)(4) group, No Labels is not required to release its donor information.[47][53] According to an internal document obtained by Yahoo News, No Labels raised approximately $12 million from 2010 to mid-2014, with another $4 million pledged for 2014.[53] According to a Yahoo News report based on the document, “much of the group’s budget goes toward sustaining or promoting itself,” with 22 paid staffers and eight consultants as of May 2014.[53] Its projected yearly budget for 2014 was $4.5 million, of which 30% was for digital growth and press, 14% for fundraising, 5% for travel, and just 4% for “Congressional Relations.”[53] No Labels listed several of its $500,000 and $100,000-level donors, including billionaire John D. Arnold and his wife and real estate tycoon Alfred Taubman.[47]

    Frank Rich, writing in the New York Times, wrote: “This is exactly the kind of revolving-door synergy between corporate power and governance that turns off Americans left, right and, yes, center. Oblivious to this taint, No Labels named a few fat-cat donors who have ponied up $1 million-plus…What America needs is not another political organization with a toothless agenda and less-than-transparent finances.”[47]

    Natural Blair country, then. Opaque, vested interests, marketeer’s lobby group. A public ‘conversation’ with Tony Blair implies the usual fat fee.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Shattered-looking Cherie lending the radiance of her presence to another scheme to monetise empower wimmin. Under the auspices of Madame Paul Kagame, whose husband is a client of Tony’s (see above, multiply)

    Madam Jeannette Kagame hosted a discussion on ‘promoting women in international trade,’ admiring SheTrades’ website to continue helping women engage in international trade.

    It is unclear, although Google Translate does a pretty good job with Zulu, if Tony was there (in drag), and whether Cherie was merely there for the canapes:

    These talks were held at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on 19th September by Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Foreign Minister of Iceland; Cherie Blair, Mrs. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of England; Burhan Gafoor, Singapore Ambassador in Loni; Monica Geingos, wife of the Prime Minister of Namibia and others.

    We hope this appearance,(and every other intervention of Cherie’s) was pro bono like what it says on the TBIfGC tin. And that the couple’s security costs were minimised by flying in UK-funded policemen, as usual.

    Awful picture:

    Red card, Cherie. Off.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    The Fundraising Regulator has recently enlarged its scope to accept voluntary registration by commercial companies engaged in fundraising, and outlines the desirability of this, with particular reference to companies fundraising for charitable purposes:

    Stephen Dunmore, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator said:

    “The Charities Act 2016 requires fundraising agreements between charities and third party fundraisers to specify what voluntary fundraising standard the agency undertakes to be bound by. Voluntary registration with the Fundraising Regulator and use of our badge are a key way of demonstrating that requirement. We urge third party fundraisers to lead from the front and show their support for high fundraising standards.”

    Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:

    “Agencies play a really important role in the fundraising community, partnering with charities to raise money for their causes, and we are glad that they now have the chance to register with the Fundraising Regulator. We know that many fundraising agencies will welcome this opportunity to show their commitment to high standards and encourage them to do so.”

    Although those registering can demonstrate their interest in accountability by using the ‘Registered With’ logo on their promotional material, we notice that no such logo as yet appears on the magnificent Tony Blair Institute for Global Change And That website. Which may be an accidental oversight on the part of a secretive limited company incorporating the functions of two former charities, a political lobbying group, a PR hub (or pillar) and no visible accounts. Or it may not.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    And then it all went quiet.
    Nothing attributable to Blair from NY on Thursday, though we would welcome correction. Perhaps he left early?

    Naguib Sawiris’ bling taxi, M-USIK, having been parked in Washington on the 18th, suddenly appeared at Teterboro, NY before Wednesday evening, when it flew to Cairo. Apparently it arrived at Cairo around 0640 UTC yesterday.

    Or did it? There is only an inferred ADS track from its last recorded position, well SW of Cairo, heading SE at 45,000 feet, at 0640. The inferred track shows it turning NE at ~23,000 ft around 0828 (sic) immediately after the turn, then a further turn NW completed at about.1552(sic). Those turns took an awfully long time… It looks as if there might have been a little problem with the transponder, such as its being switched off while the plane continued on its original course to, say, Jeddah, or maybe the Gulf, and the transponder (hypothetically) came back on on the much later approach to Cairo on its return. Similar infringements of aviation law have been suspected before, on this aircraft, sometimes when carrying Mr Blair and his entourage: there seems to be no such reticence when the plane is deducibly on Sawiris’ own business.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Crosschecking, poor ADS coverage. Flew from NY to Hurghada, S of Cairo, landed, then flew back to Cairo. Departed Cairo again ~1545, heading S, destination unknown, but Blair hasn’t shown up in the ME yet anyway. No dirty work at crossroads, sorry.

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