An Apology 2169


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

    There is an interesting additional dimension to Blair’s latest excursion. As the Jpost indignantly reports, some African countries which blocked an anti-Hamas resolution at the UN have sent representatives to an agricultural conference in Xrael this week:

    https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/African-countries-that-voted-against Xrael-at-UN-arrive-to-gain-expertise-on-food-production-573924

    Notably, Rwanda (voted with Israel), Kenya (abstained) and Ethiopia (voted, to the horror of Xrael nevertheless) for a two-thirds majority requirement) were not among these. Recent new vapourings from the Champion of Apartheid suggest that he remains connected to the eternal Palestinian conflict. Is he trying to rally the dissenters?

  • Komodo

    And so to bed. In Abu Dhabi. That’ll be the Emirates Palace Hotel, should anyone wish to question Mr. Blair about his FCO contacts, rough him up a bit and get a confession out of him. Like Matthew Hedges, Tony has connections with Durham, too…

  • Komodo

    For the record, what ACOBA didn’t redact when Tony was setting up TBA:

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/763412/FOI_release_Malnick_Website.pdf

    Since then of course, TBA has morphed into the TBIfTB, is no longer small (250 employees current estimate, and growing), operates in many countries, some of them under regimes which Tony could have justified himself in removing in 2003, and operates a policy of absolute secrecy as to every aspect of his operations.

    “TBA will select and screen its clients very carefully”, wrote Tony or an amanuensis, from the box number masquerading as the Office of Tony Blair, “Not only is that prudent from a business perspective, it is also essential for personal and commercial reputational reasons. I must be extremely careful to guard against any suggestion or suspicion of impropriety. In short TBA will operate at the highest standards of propriety, befitting that of the office of a former Prime Minister, both in the activities it undertakes and the clients with whom it chooses to do business.”

    Enough has leaked past the security screen since 2008 to render this statement laughable. The sole criterion for being a TBA or TBIfTB client is, demonstrably, the possession of deep pockets.

    Adding, (6) “Since 18 months have passed, any concerns about drawing on privileged knowledge or information in my role as former Prime Minister are very much diminished” begs a question or two, as well. At every public event he has attended, he has been described in the publicity as the former PM of the UK. After the passage of 10 years or so, his informed (as ex-PM) knowledge of the innards of Parliament is still eagerly sought by our EU friends – see https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/02/an-apology/comment-page-53/#comment-807580 – while whatever the knowledge or information is that he retains, his contacts and introductions during his time as PM are still visibly useful in promoting his clients’ interests here and abroad.

    There’s quite a lot more lawyerly sideslipping of the facts in these few exchanges. They’re worth rereading.

  • Komodo

    You wait days for a blair and then several come at once…

    http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a443094/Serbian-news-portal-PM-won-t-say-who-s-paying-Tony-Blair-Institute.html

    Of course it’s the bloody UAE. It always is. He’s there now.

    As to the project –

    “A megalomaniac project backed by the promise of Abu Dhabi money is forcefully pushed forward by sidestepping laws and ignoring existing urban fabric, in order to secure the future identity of Serbia and its capital.”

    “It’s like a bad joke,” said Mirjana Milanovic, a Serbian architect who is based in Amsterdam. “It’s just another shopping mall in a country that has no money to buy anything.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2016/12/08/inside-abu-dhabis-bad-joke-the-belgrade-waterfront-project/#28c3fd5a6c12

  • Komodo

    Hmm. Let’s start here:

    I had a great meeting in London w/ my friend Tony Blair. His contribution to our freedom & independence is extraordinary. He fully supports dialogue process for a final comprehensive deal between Kosovo & Serbia leading to mutual recognition & NATO, EU, UN membership for #Kosovo.

    https://twitter.com/HashimThaciRKS/status/1071381361259360256

    Lightly passing on to:

    http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/blair-meeting-thaci-in-personal-capacities–12-11-2018

    Ah. It was a personal meeting. Might have been a bit awkward if Blair had, say expressed his support -“fully” – for a “dialogue process” (etc, see above), because he’s not involved in any way at all in the negotiations between Serbia, which he is paid, likely by Abu Dhabi, to ‘advise’ and Kosovo.

    Blair still apparently in Abu Dhabi.

  • Komodo

    M-USIK from Abu Dhabi to Cairo last night. Sawiris hasn’t tweeted for a couple of days so whatever he was doing in the UAE was intensive- likely to do with Ora, his new resort-building conglomerate. We expect a resumption of Blair’s lamentations about Brexit (all UK media) shortly.

    • Komodo

      And we got them. Especially unconstitutionally, the spat, ongoing, with Theresa May. Who, like her or loathe her, has a hard enough job without the Blair skeleton, unelected, working for foreign governments, and holding no official UK position, falling out of the wardrobe and closing its bony fingers on her throat.

      No reference, though (except by Guido Fawkes – sign of cross, etc) to this:

      “If the British people vote no, they vote no. You can’t then start bringing it back until they vote yes.”

      “If the British people vote no in this referendum, that is their verdict. That is absolutely clear.”

      That was Tony Blair on his promise of a referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, in April, 2004.
      This was not delivered; Jack Straw first postponed it for his own ends, and it then became apparent that the French and Dutch referenda had rejected the treaty: the UK was expected to give a similar result. Its successor, the Treaty of Lisbon, was signed without even the broken promise of a referendum.

      • Komodo

        Blair likely returned to Luton separately, on 12th/13th, and on M-ASRI. At any event he was blairing in London on Friday. M-USIK’s currently in the USA.

  • Komodo

    Unfortunately Africa Intelligence is behind a paywall, so we have no more than what’s in the URL

    https://www.africaintelligence.com/ama/exploration–production/2018/12/18/kigali-plugs-mining-resources-with-tony-blair-institute-to-bump-up-revenue,108336894-eve

    Tin and coltan would seem to be the subject. Assuming that this indicates that the TBIfTB has been commissioned to do PR/find investors for mining operations in Rwanda, the presence of Naguib Sawiris in Kigali last week with Blair may be relevant. Also: who’s actually paying the Blair fee? Rwanda is hugely dependent on aid and angels and this is once again likely to be a case of Blair interposing his operation between a foreign source and an unnecessary (if you believe that market forces exist at all) operation. With the usual potential for local politicians to trouser sweeteners, too.

  • Komodo

    News arrives in a cleft stick from Montpelier, France, where M. Tony and his equally evil twin Nicolas Sarkozy jointly blaired at Altrad’s annual seminar. The Altrad group, headed by Syrian immigrant Mohed Altrad, is in scaffolding and ready-mix concrete. Blair expressed his usual aversion to the UK’s self-determination, while Sarkozy entertained the audience with his expressions of French patriotism (and devotion to Macron)

    Something of a mixed message, then.

    https://www.midilibre.fr/2018/12/19/nicolas-sarkozy-a-montpellier-m-macron-fait-ce-quil-peut-et-je-veux-aider-mon-pays,5735787.php

    Sarkozy is currently facing trial for influence-peddling and corruption. We are astonished that the upright and transparent Blair would have anything to do with him!

  • Komodo

    At this time of year, peace and goodwill to all men. Cherie Blair falls outside that category: nevertheless, we are so happy for her new kitschen (sic):

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6537135/EDEN-CONFIDENTIAL-Daughter-millionaire-passionate-affair-Crowns-Josh-OConnor.html

    Cherie Blair’s recipe for happiness: a £100k kitchen

    Who says true love never lasts? Not, it seems, Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie, who despite enduring some very public challenges in recent years has declared her undying ardour for . . . a £100,000 kitchen.
    ‘My fabulous new Bulthaup kitchen marked the high point of our home renovations,’ gushes Cherie QC, 64, on the company’s associate website.
    ‘The team’s patience, attention to detail and relentless pursuit of what was required were extraordinary.’
    A spokesperson for the German manufacturer insists Cherie did not receive a discount in exchange for the publicity. ‘Oh no not at all, we don’t operate like that.’
    (continues, with a roundup of the Blair estate)

    How could we possibly suspect that Cherie got something off for endorsing the (EU) product? As likely that she abandoned her deeply-held Socialist beliefs, learned at her mother’s knee in a Liverpool gravel pit! We’re guessing that she bought the kit for its full price, and was then, completely unconnectedly, paid for her appearance on the website. This is the woman who, invited to take “a few gifts” from a Melbourne store during a prime-ministerial visit, helped herself to 68 items worth A$2000, only later offering to pay for them.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/greedy-cherie-has-a-lack-of-judgment-537763

  • Komodo

    Belated New Year greetings to the reader. And to raise your spirits, this good news from the Whitehat Recruiting Agency:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6555465/Recruitment-agency-run-Tony-Blairs-son-34-suffered-losses-1-2m-year.html

    It’s tough in the world of screwing a profit from HMG-supported apprenticeships, isn’t it? Even when you are advised by the great Tony, confidant of the world’s dictators, mentored by Mum, who does mentoring, and trained by Mum’s chum, who spotted his extreme talent (no other possible reason) and gave him his first job. He’s been, um, training the leaders of tomorrow:

    https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/blog/whitehat-ceo-euan-blair-well-inspire-leaders-tomorrow-apprenticeships/

    Lesson 1. It helps if Daddy’s loaded.

  • Komodo

    And what of that patriotic and Eurocentric reconciler of contradictory adjectives, Mr Tony. In Egypt over the New Year. We wondered why M_USIK had turned its ADS-B set off. Here he is demonstrating that at 65 he is still as keen on attaching himself to local celebrities as someone half his age:

    http://en.elbalad.news/2405741

    …but we don’t know whether his host was dictator al-Sisi or zillionaire Sawiris.

    M-ASRI flew to Milan and back on the 2nd.

  • Komodo

    COMING SOON
    ..to Andhra Pradesh, date as yet unknown…

    https://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/Andhra-Pradesh/2019-01-07/Briton-former-PM-Tony-Blair-to-visit-RTGS/470549

    The RTGS, set up in 2017, is worth description:

    The RTGS consists of a state center and 13 district centers. A fully-functional and highly evolved ecosystem of technology and skill, the core team operates from RTG State Center with data input from people hub – which hosts the data of all the households in the state along with the government benefits they receive which is in turn linked with various government departments.

    A call center has also been constituted which will double as an internal grievance redressal platform and a surveillance and communication wing.

    The other sources which provide real time data to RTG state center include surveillance system, drones, biometric augmented technology, machine learning technology and the Andhra Pradesh Weather Forecasting and Early Warning Research Centre or AWARE. The RTGS also derives its support from other organisations in its ecosystem including A.P. State Fibernet Limited (APSFL), AP Towers, AP Content Corporation, A.P. Virtual Classes Corporation and Drones Corporation of A.P.

    https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ani/chandrababu-naidu-inaugurates-real-time-governance-centre-in-ap-117112600408_1.html

    It’s, at least in theory, the perfect implementation of 1984, and no wonder Tone can’t wait to supply His benediction upon its, y’know, technology. We suspect, however, that the traditional forces in Indian society will have their normal effect: it is heavily reliant on call centres, after all.

  • Komodo

    It may be too late to find him there, but Tony has attached himself to the Raisina Dialogue (possible investors and politicians, networking event, what else?) in Delhi today. Not mentioned here. It must be galling to be sidelined by the Norwegian PM, but all political careers end in failure…

    http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/delhi/2019/jan/08/raisina-dialogue-sees-a-host-of-foreign-dignitaries-descend-on-delhi-1922185.html

    Tony also gave an audience today to Rahul Ghandi, President of Congress.

  • Komodo

    At the Durbar, 1730 (local), Blair will be blairing on “The Waning West: Can it Discover a New Direction?”

    Can the values associated with the
    liberal democracies of the West still lay claim to universality? Are the societies
    shaped by those values capable of discovering a renewed dynamism and a fresh
    direction? Can partnerships with the East aid this process? Or is it time for the
    West to rethink its founding propositions?

    Wot we y’know need in the West is unlimited freedom of movement, lots of technology stuff and a Great Leader called Tony. Innit.

  • Komodo

    Tony is discreetly at Davos, globalising in the impeccable company of Kagame, Mnangagua and Bolsonaro. Prince William will also be present, and may even gain an audience with the Flanneler Supreme.

    M-ASRI having flown from New York to Zurich today, it is likely that at least one Sawiris is there to hold Tony’s hand as he does his best for the clutch of foreign governments, corporations and individuals for whom he toils. Not a Brit among them. The perfect globalist.

    • Komodo

      ERRATUM
      Mnangagwa isn’t at Davos. He had to cancel in order to attend to an outbreak of violence and looting at home. Still, with Zim’s economy remaining in ruins, and a promise to compensate expropriated white farmers, it can only be a matter of time before Emmerson invites Tony to insert some experts in obtaining international aid into his government. All he has to do is make the right noises, although ‘heads will roll’, in the wake of the latest ruckus (a response to Mnangagwa’s truly globalist hike in fuel prices) may not be quite the right noise for some.

  • Komodo

    DIARY
    Mrs Blair will be missusblairing at Tradeshift’s (peripheral to)Davos event. Thursday, January 24 12:30 – 1:00 pm, on “China at the edge of Africa”, at Scalettastrasse 1, 7270 Davos Platz.

    We had not previously noticed Cherie’s in-depth appreciation of either Chinese or African commerce, although she’s a constant presence in the interface between aid funds, telecoms companies, financiers and cheap African female labour.

    Who Tradeshift? Hard to say as its Davos website doesn’t work properly. US based, founded by Danes, it appears to be an e-invoicing platform with added global ™ BS.

    Worthy of note, as it finds Cherie and Tony in the same town at the same time.

  • Komodo

    Here’s Tony with a new chum at Davos:

    http://agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/en/jair-bolsonaro-tony-blair

    Time (and the Grauniad) describe Bolsonaro as a far-right populist:

    http://time.com/5433379/brazil-bolsonaro-policies/

    The Institute ( and numerous utterances of Tony’s) deprecate populism:

    Populist governments are much more likely to damage democratic institutions, to precipitate constitutional crises, to suppress individual rights, and to ratchet up corruption.

    Until now, we didn’t have the empirical basis to assess just how bad populism is for democracy. From now on, it simply is no longer credible to pretend that populist governments do not pose a serious threat to democratic institutions.

    -Yascha Mounk: https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/populist-rule-is-highly-negative-for-democracy-says-tony-blair-think-tank-1-5832386

    Still, the last thing we expect from Blair is integrity.

  • Komodo

    DIARY – comedy date –

    Tomorrow, the world’s biggest PR agency, Edelman, will launch the UK version of its 19th Annual Trust Barometer, which measures shifts in how much the public trusts various institutions, from politicians and business to the media. The guest of honour at the launch will be Tony Blair.

    https://inews.co.uk/opinion/columnists/edelmans-annual-trust-barometer-may-favour-corporations-over-politicians/

    *checks calendar. No, not April 1st*

  • Komodo

    Leaving before we know where we are going is a profound mistake …
    (Tony: snipped from Times article today – paywall)

    Absolutely. Wouldn’t want a debacle like Iraq again, would we?

  • Komodo

    Looks like the Institute for Global Tony Blair has succeeded beyond all expectation in its founder’s aim; to create a memorial to the Blair Years in the shape of a quasi-governmental suit reserve whose head honcho doesn’t do detail…

    https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/Employee-Review-Tony-Blair-Institute-for-Global-Change-RVW19693784.htm

    Management do not have the skills or experience to do the job.

    There is a culture of oppression and bullying within the organisation that start at the CEO level and filters down.

    Mr Blair is unaware of the problems that his organisation faces as his direct team hide the facts from him.

    Since merger, several long standing staff have left as the problem has become worse.

    The pay levels are poor for those not from a Deloitte, KPMG or ex-ministerial office background.

    Nepotism appears rife

  • Komodo

    As Corbyn increasingly resembles a contender for N0.10 and the antiyouknowwhat-in-Labour furore is consequently reignited, with the complicity of Labour’s former leader*, what about this, then?

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/02/12/tony-blair-admits-nascent-alliance-between-islamist-left-wing-politics/

    Pretty good from someone who graciously accepted $9M from the Saudis last year (see far above). Though that was arguably for services rendered in demonising Iran. The alliance between Wahhabi Islamists and our soi-disant centrists would appear to be more than nascent.

    *Especially in the Xraeli press.

  • Komodo

    TIGER 21 is the premier peer membership organization for high-net-worth wealth creators and preservers to help them navigate the challenges and opportunities that success creates. TIGER 21’s 700 Members from around the globe collectively manage personal assets of $70 billion. Members are current and former entrepreneurs, investors, and top executives. TIGER 21 leads with a unique approach to financial acumen and wealth preservation, which focuses on sharing collective wisdom, shining a light on personal blind spots, and engaging Members in an extraordinary community to protect, connect, and enhance their lives.

    No surprise then that high net worth, depending on your definition of worth, Tony Blair should be blairing at its annual conference in Florida, where the weather is very nice in February. He was apparently plugged in with Greta van Susteren, a Scientologist former news anchor. Brexit, terrorism and, astoundingly since he has been silent on the issue since 2011, climate change.

    https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/world-leaders-investment-titans-and-entrepreneurial-experts-headline-tiger-21s-ninth-annual-conference-300799013.html

  • Komodo

    He’s a sure candidate for a straitjacket, going by this latest emission from the A**h*le of Tony Blair:

    https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/exclusive-scottish-labour-lost-support-because-it-abandoned-centre-ground-warns-tony

    Wikipedia is our friend:

    In a landslide defeat at the 2015 UK general election, Scottish Labour* was reduced to having a single seat (Edinburgh South), losing 40 of its 41 seats to the SNP. This was the first time the party had not won the largest number of seats in Scotland since 1959.[9] In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, Scottish Labour** lost 13 of its 37 seats, becoming the third-largest party after being surpassed by the Scottish Conservative Party. At the most recent general election in 2017, Labour gained 6 new seats in Scotland from the SNP, bring their total seat tally to 7 and significantly improving on its disastrous performance two years previously with a 27.1% share of the vote.

    We may also note that between 1997 and 2008, Scottish LP membership declined to around half its 1997 tally. The coincidence with Blair’s centrist regime, and that of his awful successor is inescapable.

    Tunnel vision or a barefaced lie, Tony?

    *Under Jim Murphy, Blairite in tooth and claw, member of Henry Jackson Society.
    ** Under Kezia Dugdale. Blairite centrist and positively hostile to Corbyn.

  • Komodo

    Let’s take a short trip on the time machine:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5402339/Tony-Blair-links-George-Soros.html

    This story is convoluted, and there are no good guys here, but the gist of it seems to be that Blair was supporting Soros in his attempt to part Steinmetz from his Guinean mining interests. And this has finally failed:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-25/steinmetz-stages-guinea-comeback-in-sarkozy-brokered-deal

    An additional twist is found in Mick Davis’ involvement. He headed Xstrata before it was merged with Glasenberg’s Glencore – the latter ‘advised’ by Tony for a cool $1M for two hours’ work. Mick is now a co-director of Nigeria’s Dangote Cement, with…Cherie!

    Moral: Morality is completely absent from this game.

  • Komodo

    Yesterday, a keynote blairing at the Niskanen Center (sic) in Washington DC. A visit to its Wikipedia page is recommended, but a comment we found on a rightish site, Econlib, would seem to be fair enough as a summary:

    A key feature of “liberaltarianism” is vociferously signalling open-mindedness and pragmatism. To the extent that liberaltarians actually pursue those themes, then fine; but most often it is just a special use of language aimed at appealing to their particular ideology.

    While Tony has spent his career shoving the Left rightwards, the Center appears to be acting in the opposite direction, acknowledging the reality of climate change -is Tony rediscovering green? – and advocating increased immigration, to the chagrin of many Republicans. We take it that Tony’s feelers re. employment by Trump, a couple of years ago, were fruitless. Tony addressed a discussion panel which included at least one other TBIfTB stalwart, Yascha Mounck, on Beyond Left and Right: Reviving Moderation in an Era of Crisis and Extremism”. Which, from one of the prime (and ongoing) causes of crisis and extremism across the Middle East, is pretty damn rich.

    The blairing was as usual on the text ‘Brexit Is A Bastard’. Gems included: … “both manifestations of populism exult in savage denunciation of those who disagree, especially within their own ranks”.…cf Blair on Corbyn, incessantly…also the Labour Party’s membership is in thrall to a populism of the left” unlike the left populism which won Blair’s first election for him, before the realisation that he was nothing to do with the left.

      • Komodo

        Nearly missed it – revolutionary class warrior calls comrades to arms in defence of um y’know….

        These are new times. We need, despite our moderation, to embrace the spirit of insurgency.

        Who’s this ‘we’, then? Who’s paying ‘us’? Have ‘we’ been studying Newspeak, or embracing the spirit of Jack Daniels again?

        In other good news we (Komodo) see that ‘Lord’ ‘Cashpoint’ Levy has been reduced to tears by the news that Charlie Falconer, Tony’s legal brain and longterm friend, has been recruited by Corbyn to look into the problem of criticising Xrael *ntis*m*tism in the (real) Labour Party. How could he? How galling for Michael not to have been asked to raise the no doubt substantial fee involved from his co-religionist financial chums.

  • Komodo

    Just a snippet from last year:

    http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a441918/Blair-Institute-identifies-advisors-for-Serbian-government.html

    Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said earlier that the government was not paying for the advisors under a contract with the Institute and did not say who was covering the costs.

    We are absolutely certain Tony isn’t paying, anyway. Looks like a Middle Eastern entity to us, although given the TBIfTB’s opacity it could equally well be Chinese. Brnabic is Vucic’s nominated successor and it’s dodgy business as usual, evidently.

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