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12th December 2011
Like most politicians Tony Blair prefers, understandably, to keep his family out of the limelight.
Unusually he has broken with this in order to donate a Father & Baby photograph to the Royal Academy of Arts New Art Exhibition. Every donated item will be sold to raise funds for the Royal Academy Schools. It is a beautiful photograph of the former prime minister with his newborn son Leo in 2000. Many, if not most of us can identify with it.
Story is here at the Metro, pasted below:
Tony Blair and baby Leo a picture of happiness at new art exhibition
Former prime minister Tony Blair looks lovingly at his newborn son Leo in one of the exhibits at a new Royal Academy of Arts show called Happiness.
The Labour PM, who became the first occupant of No.10 to father a child for more than 50 years, sent a picture of him and baby Leo soon after his birth in May 2000.
Mr Blair said: ‘This captures a sheer, uncomplicated moment of contentment when nothing else mattered for either of us.’
Others to contribute from the worlds of art, fashion and culture include David Bailey, Sienna Miller, Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik and Bella Freud, with items ranging from children’s shoes and old records to paintings and clothing.
The free exhibition, created by champagne company Krug, runs from tomorrow until December 20.
All items will be sold on a first offer basis. The money raised from the sales of exhibits will go towards the Royal Academy Schools.
All that needs to be said has been said in The Metro. A father and son. Albeit a famous father. It is a lovely family picture which will be treasured and passed down generations.
So what does the disgraceful Guardian do with this?
They surround it with their own choice of words. Yes, The Guardian of The Truth’s puerile juvenilia takes some beating. They then have the utter gall to put this under the picture –
Photograph: Krug Happiness exhibition / Royal Academy of Arts
If I were a member of the Krug Happiness Exhibition or The Royal Academy of Arts I’d sue the nasty-minded Guardian for misrepresentation.
The writer/journalist/twisted soul (you choose) – someone called Tom Meltzer – someone of low values, little integrity, no human empathy – (I choose ALL) – says this:
What might Tony Blair be thinking in this photograph of the former prime minister with his son Leo?
In order to help any Guardianistos compelled to comment and who feel commenting in this mode is a fine, upstanding thing to do, Meltzer provides a sampler as to what he’s looking for. This is his idea of a caption –
“Happiness is – spending time with someone who has never heard of Fallujah”.
Fallujah? Was this Meltzer man born an idiot or did he have to work for the Guardian for a bit to attain that hallowed state?
Fallujah was FOUR years ahead of the day this picture was taken. Even Tony Blair had likely never heard of Fallujah when little Leo was born.
It is an utter disgrace that a baby’s earliest picture should be attached in such a thoughtless, idle way to this kind of determined propaganda against the Iraq war and the man who led our country into it.
Even if The Guardian thinks it knows all there is to know about Iraq, it would do well to ponder that the “sins of the father” do not sit comfortably or deservedly on the head of his infant child.
How low can The Guardian go?
Don’t ask. Far, far lower.
We now discover that the Guardian’s determination to do away with the News of The World meant that it was content to announce to the innocent and gullible that a NoW journo had hacked into AND deleted messages from the phone of the missing teenager Milly Dowler. You will recall that, utterly reprehensible as hacking is, there was widespread acceptance that it was often done and had been widely done by many newspapers for years. No-one was all that surprised. What really stiffened spines against the News of The World was the Guardian’s insistence that they knew a NoW journalist had also deleted messages from Milly’s mobile so giving her parents false hope that she was still alive.
As we empathise today with the father & baby picture above we empathised then with the parents of Milly Dowler.
It now transpires that the Guardian was wrong – or as they choose to put it in their apology for an apology – were informed wrongly. The NoW journalist Glenn Mulcaire did NOT delete any messages from Milly Dowler’s mobile phone.
Yet THAT suggestion was at least part of what got the Leveson Inquiry off the blocks and killed the News of The World at the same time.
The Guardian is a shameful piece of pompous, deceitful, high-horsed broadsheetery.
Its behaviour almost makes me want to call for the return of the News of The World, and if it comes back I might even buy a copy. That’ll be two I’ll have ever bought.
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Also reported here in the terms it should be reported.
By the way, what do I think Tony Blair is thinking? Same as we’d all be thinking – “You’re beautiful, precious little one.”
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1. I completely agree with everything that has been said on this website. As Prime Minister, Tony Blair worked tirelessly and selflessly in the interests of the people, and continues to do so today. He is primarily a humanitarian, and doesn’t deserve any of the vitriol that has been levelled at him. He was a great Prime Minister, is a thoroughly decent man; and should in my opinion, be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding work. – David Miliband (New Labour’s heir) for the next PM!
2. Best politician in Britain by a long way.
3. Fully support the petition. The criticism of Mr Blair has gone way beyond anything acceptable and seems to be carried out mainly by those who are looking to wash their hands of any involvement in supporting the Iraq war at the time. It is very easy to be ‘wise after the event’ and to make assumptions about how much Mr Blair knew or did not know before the war. In these people’s eyes, the former PM is guilty whatever the evidence.
4. An excellent petition this for a very undervalued PM. A PM who is not only the best in my lifetime but my parents lifetime too!