A Case of Mistaken, Miswritten, Missing Identities

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26th February 2012


Been a funny few days. Well, funny if you discount this in Syria – (journalists killed & 100 civilians a day) and this in Afghanistan –  (Two Nato (US) officers shot dead in Kabul) and this in Iran – (nuclear fears) not to mention this – (NHS Drop the Health Bill petition).

Who … what … are we human beings? What are we FOR, FGS?!


More personal identity issues kicked off for me on Twitter when John Prescott responded to my tweet congratulating him on his Desert Islands Discs appearance. He replied – “Thanks Blair”.

Blair Supporter Blair Supporter@blairsupporter
@johnprescott – Didn’t realise you were such a jazz fan! Good, honest & open participation on Desert Island Discs, btw.
John Prescott John Prescott@johnprescott

@blairsupporter Thanks Blair!


I suggested to the former Deputy PM that it might be better to call me “BS”, in case of confusion. After all, plenty do.



Then there was the racist [see here] & bully defender [see here] Labour leftwing MP Diane Abbott twittering away in her usual fashion. I had a bit of go at her over her never-ending game of Blame The Blair. By the way, I notice she seldom bothers to come back to me on twitter to argue the points. She did once, to be fair. On that occasion she played the same old tune. She said she was proud to have been against the Iraq war. And that was that. Well argued, hmm? Yes, I thought not too.

For no particular reason, and in days when she might just be campaigning on less divisive issues, yesterday she tweeted this:

Diane Abbott MP Diane Abbott MP@HackneyAbbott
Tony Blair meeting small groups of young class-of-2010 Labour MPs #desperatelytryingtosalvagereputation awe.sm/5gSQN

WHY did she feel the need to tweet on this at all? Does Blair’s Keynesianism worry her as noted at Jonathan Freedland’s article? Even  though it is also Ed Balls’? Or is she “desperately trying to salvage her reputation” and save her local Labour council/party/own future as an MP?

If Tony Blair were ever to return or if Blairism lived again as it should, in the centre, she might well find herself well out of it.

Ms Abbott does though come back to others on Twitter, usually only once. Don’t ask her to think too much, whatever you do, tweeps. She’ll only respond with – “Andrew. Andrew. Andrew.” [replace with your own name]

She responded to this tweep referring to you-know-who – “Only Labour PM who ever led us into an illegal war.”

Quite why she swallows the whole Lib Dem take on ‘legality’ is a whole other issue. But her constituents might as well vote Liberal Democrat in the locals. That way they get politicians close to those presently in power!

A few others got tweet responses from her. It was suggested by more than one that in these pre-local election days she might concentrate on other issues; those she CAN be proud of.  She responds – to @RichardAngell “Why is being opposed to the Iraq War divisive? Proud to have voted against it”

And to Paul Rowling & Luke Akehurst she opined (neatly forgetting many MPs had only WON their seats DUE to Blair) – “Lots of good comrades lost their seats in 2005 because of public anger at Iraq war.”

Rowling disagreed – “look at all the polling data Iraq was a tiny factor in 2010 election, granted was big issue in 05 when we won!!”  – “We are telling them about the Coalition cuts to come.”

She also got this wrong – to @SenChas“Blair was the only leader of a major European country who supported the war with Iraq.” #JustSaying

Just saying WRONG!  Spain? I corrected her on this. As is her wont when it comes to this despicable BlairSupporter I heard nothing back.

But she did have some support. These tweeps RTd her. All Old Labourites, I’m sure. At least two of them pussy cats.




Yes, it’s of the when did you stop beating your wife variety. But I have some time for Mike Smithson. He is a facts-and-figures man. I can deal with those. It’s misinformed, mis-interpreted, MIS-USED opiners I take issue with.

I was determined to watch the England Vs Wales Six Nations rugby match [Wales won , 19 -12] but I was daft enough to respond to this –  “The economy: Did Tony Blair get out just in time?”

Of course this kind of question begs, or provides, several others, as Mike Smithson will know. So I should have known I’d get into various arguments discussions with other commenters there.

The long and short of it all was that I was accused of being Lord Peter Mandelson, Tony Blair himself or even Cherie. It is testament to the lack of understanding as to what real people think to note that Blair haters cannot even imagine that Tony Blair might have one or two others on his side.

Despite all the identity muddles I still [think I] know who I am; for better or worse.

This is the Ipsos-MORI chart Mike Smithson used at his article (pasted below) –

From the month Tony Blair left office the economy was seen as the most important issue facing Britain. And that, note, was with Gordon Brown, former Chancellor, as PM. Since his departure in 2010 it has remained top.


Notice how the tide turned after his June 2007 exit?

The February issues index from Ipsos-MORI came out a couple of days ago with the firm always producing a range of historical charts so we can see trends.

MORI has been asking for 37 years in exactly the same way an unprompted question on what issues interviewees sees as the “most important facing Britain today”.

As can seen the economy moved up sharply in 2008 and has remained high. This latest month it was up 3% to 64% naming it.

Looking at the chart I find it extraordinary how little people were concerned in the first ten years of the 1997 Labour government – the Blair years.

It hovered around the 10% mark for so long and it only started to become a real concern after he stepped down in June 2007.



Nuff said, Ms Abbott?

Almost. But do take a lesson from the former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.  He never, ever criticises Tony Blair – your party’s most electorally successful leader EVER.  And ask Mr Prescott how he felt about the Iraq decision, why don’t you?

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4 thoughts on “A Case of Mistaken, Miswritten, Missing Identities

  1. Excellent post as usual BS. I wish Abbott was able to read this herself. Talking about trying to salvage ones reputation is abit rich coming from her after all the gaffs she’s made over the years and more recently. Sounds like she referring to herself.

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