Goodbye & Good Luck. Sorry.

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21st June 2012

(Updated 22nd June 2012)

FYI: blog post following is the last post, and those from previous 6 months or so, as at the blog formerly known as Keep Tony Blair For PM (no longer accessible.)

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As someone once said  “it’s hard to let go”, but needs must. I need to earn a living and this ‘hobby’ is life-consuming.

Many thanks to all who have followed this blog for the last (almost) 6 years. But, priorities, priorities. My twitter account will also be closing. My apologies in particular go to Shane & the rest of the faithful Blairites (of all parties and none) that I have had the good fortune to have met online.

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@DannyHackett: Where is Tony Blair? #assk” >Ask the expert 😉 >— @blairsupporter #topbloke We miss Blair

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It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

I know it’s not quite a funeral. Forgive me if I admit it feels a bit like that.

Those of you still interested in watching what Tony Blair is up to could do no better than follow my good friend John Rentoul if you don’t already. Recent post of his here –  ‘I’ll have that on my gravestone: “Not far wrong”’

And JR will be reporting some more on Alastair Campbell’s book launch (The Burden of Power – of which I have a signed copy – thanks Alastair) at St Mary’s University last night, organised by The Mile End Group. (Video & transcript here)

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Tony Blair Launches Two Major Programmes In Kosovo

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19th June 2012

Blair: “It means a lot to me for my Foundation to have this partnership with the American University of Kosovo and the University of Pristina. But it means more to me on a personal level; I saw first-hand what happened here and I did what I could with others to make things better.”

Remember what Tony Blair did in Kosovo? Related links at foot of this post, if you don’t.

Tony Blair launches two major programmes in Kosovo

Rt Hon. Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister and Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation today launched two major new programmes as part of his Faith Foundation’s work.

He celebrated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Kosovo and his Foundation which will implement the Foundation’s global schools programme Face to Faith in Kosovan schools and be incorporated into the development of the national curriculum.  The programme will provide a transformative experience for Kosovan students to be affiliated globally, without overlooking their national aspirations, and help Kosovan students and teachers to develop deeper dialogue and negotiation skills.

Tony Blair also inaugurated the partnership between the his Foundation’s global network of leading universities, the Faith and Globalisation Initiative (FGI) and two of Kosovo’s prominent universities, the University of Pristina and the American University of Kosovo. The partnership will help current policy makers and future leaders understand the role religion plays in areas where there are, or have been, both political and religious tensions. In Kosovo, and the wider region, the impact of the globalisation is affecting the country and its faith communities at an ever faster pace – and it is crucial to understand it.

Tony Blair, Founder and Patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation said:

Kosovo is a country with challenges but it is going places. You are open to the future and open to new ideas. It is an honour and privilege to be here today. It means a lot to me for my Foundation to have this partnership with the American University of Kosovo and the University of Pristina. But it means more to me on a personal level; I saw first-hand what happened here and I did what I could with others to make things better. What this country has to learn is significant but what others can learn from you is more significant. I believe there is a way to have intense pride in your nation whilst at the same time having an open mind to the rest of the world.

In this era of globalisation, societies are changing, Europe is changing.  Don’t be frightened of change instead see it as an opportunity. This coming together of different religions and cultures can enrich a country and be a source of strength. But the forces it can also lead to conflict and fear which we have witnessed in the past. If people have problems in dialogue then we need to learn how to resolve this. This is what my Faith Foundation’s universities network, the Faith and Globalisation Initiative aims to achieve in this region: examine the role of faith in more depth. In Kosovo, and the wider region, the impact of the globalisation is affecting the country and its faith communities in transformative ways– and it is vital to understand and hear those perspectives.  The University of Pristina and the American University of Kosovo will provide those valuable insights.

Most of the conflicts in the world today have a religious dimension. The purpose of interfaith is not to diminish specific faiths but to gain understanding. The more you understand someone the more likely you are to live in harmony with them. People of a faith need to take responsibility for religion; preventing it from being misused as a weapon of destruction. Harmony between faiths works better than conflict.

The Kosovan Government’s commitment to incorporate our schools’ programme Face to Faith in the development of the national curriculum, shows how seriously they take the advancement of the next generation – and I am excited about its future.”

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Handy tips: how to get your comment published at Guido’s blog

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15th June 2012

Let me say that I don’t actually subscribe to the view of some that Britain’s best-known blogger Guido Fawkes is a pile of manure. The picture is just visual licence as we bloggers have been entrusted it by the great know-all in internetyland. Guido will understand.

Guido has been a trendsetter in recent years showing the mainstream media how to get news, even ‘scoops’ without being in the mainstream. He has an understandable desire to retain this renegade position and at times is, therefore, inaccurate with the verity even if occasionally unintentionally. That aside, Guido has one major problem: his commenters.

Some of them are probably normal people, but to be honest, I’m yet to be convinced that there are that many. The pressure of his aim in life is such that Guido has a tendency not to monitor comments and I have from time to time had a little moan about some of them. Even some success in having some removed due to the intervention of an understudy of Guido’s. GF himself blocked me on twitter some time ago for some unknown reason.

The talk as the Leveson Inquiry into press/media standards nears its end is of regulation of the internet. That “threat” like every other threat Guido and his followers see every time they open their eyes in the morning is boosted by a general distrust, at least on internetland, of politics and politicians.

Sadly, it is my humble opinion that the way blogs, commenters, tweeps and other social network users often behave would itself be to blame for any regulation. So in an unintended way the civil rightists with instant-glue like determination to rant on about their rights while exercising little responsibility may well have brought regulation on themselves.

More blame for the moral descent of normally acceptable behaviour is to be laid at the feet of the mainstream press, the font of all knowledge information and stuff to twist around and then bash people with.  Lord Justice Leveson now knows this, as many of us have known for years. Although the papers themselves don’t scream (for) blue murder at (of) those with whom they disagree they lay the ‘freedom of speech’ trap for their commenters. And being ‘troof-finders’ the commenters fall straight into it.

So where was I? Oh yes, how to get your comment published at Guido’s, something which I signally failed to do with a recent one of mine. But I’ve worked it out now, just by taking a look at some of the commenters in a recent blog  –

  • First of all you need to be anti-government. Any government, but preferably a Labour one. Or a Tory one when it sounds too European. Lib Dem governments don’t count except when they do and then you have to dismiss them, anyway.
  • Make sure you agree with Guido on the gist of his particular post. He will still publish you some of the time if you disagree, but only if you don’t expose his shortcomings.
  • Make sure you talk loudly about things of which you know little are an undoubted expert, such as the Iraq war, legality or otherwise, decisions made in government re same, and of course who pulls the world’s strings and why. ‘Bilderberg’ is always useful to drop in here.
  • Make sure you bellow even louder about how at least one ‘Labourite’ is now ‘filthy rich’ after office and that by so being he has obviously impoverished the rest of us, while destroying the UK’s moral fabric and the world as we know it.
  • Never agree with any politician unless it’s an anti-European one or Tom Watkins or someone of his ilk. His agenda is the same as yours. And Guido’s.
  • Remember Guido’s is your home-from-home. This is not The Telegraph or even the Daily Mail, where they occasionally expect standards. Well, very occasionally. Think of it as your local pub.
  • Give yourself a good alias, so that others get your all about before you even tap anything out. Samples of this are – Tony Bliar didnt fool me / socialism is a mental illness / The future is NWO / One day one of his bodyguards will do him / and Lordy Mandelscum just stating the bleeding obvious
  • And of course don’t forget that you can suggest killing anyone, as long as he’s not the enemy, as we know it or rather knew it before the internet toddled along and told us all otherwise.

Also be as to-the-point as you like. For instance this kind of comment seldom if ever gets removed at Guido’s:

94 socialism is a mental illness says:

Blair is long overdue for the snipers bullet.

Well? Just a statement of fact! Not incitement or anything.

Then there’s this in reference to the same clearly ‘deserving’ individual:

92 Timothy Lloyd-Davies says:

June 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I pray to God that we see this vile piece of filth hanging by his neck one day!

Well? The commenter IS a religious man.
Then there’s this sort, more wordy so that you can sound ‘informed’ and a clued-up good egg:
62 One day one of his bodyguards will do him says:

Chief Inspectors that refuse to investigate claims of treason, malfeasance in public office, etc.

The HMRC officials that don’t care about shredded receipts, or his off-shore accounts.

The EU that pay him shitloads to ponce about as a peace (oh, the irony) envoy to the ME, the very place he brought war to.

The Humphreys in the the Civil Service, who know where the bodies are buried (possibly literally), yet keep schtum.

Probably the worst offenders in allowing this utterly vile piece of filth to continue breathing are the British public that voted for the twat 3 times, and don’t lynch him on sight now they can see he was nothing but a fraud.

Well? Three times “well”.  You mean you think this might be a touch OTT, with its suggestive alias an’ all? Not to mention the “lynch” bit? No, never. It’s at Guido’s.  It must be right. All of it.

Taranow. Take care.

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Why did Guido Fawkes monitor (out) my comment? Was it too abusive?

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15th June 2012

Or did I do something right?

I imagine my dear friend John Rentoul would suggest I see this monitoring (nay, monitoring OUT – I’ve just checked) as a badge of honour. But I’m a sensitive soul. And it’s my birthday today – Magna Carta Day. True as  it happens, all ye “liberals” of the left and right (latter exemplified in Guido’s commentary stream.)

Lord Denning described the Magna Carta as “the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot”. (source)

Not that I’d describe Fawkes as a despot. Oh, that he had that power, eh Guido? But he is now monitoring my comments and refusing to publish those with which he disagrees. Freedom of speech at Guido’s.  And it’s odd.  I am hardly abusive. I don’t call for a “sniper’s bullet” or for “hanging” anyone. Even if they are as filthy as Guido’s commenters often are. Nor do I curse anyone or any political party or group of individuals in the way his blog commenters habitually do. Perhaps it’s because he doesn’t like being hauled over the coals as to the facts. As if.

As readers of my earlier post may have noticed I have been trying to put Guido right on a few FACTS regarding the Numpty incident at Hong Kong yesterday. Seems Guido doesn’t like facts up him.

Below is the comment I posted at his site earlier. Guido has decided, in his wisdom, that it is not deserving of a flicker across the eyeballs of his brainwashed. Sorry, his readers –

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    Jimmy – “Menacingly? Really?” is to put too forgiving a light on Guido’s “story”.

    Fact is Tony Blair NEVER said “I wouldn’t come any further.” Professor Daniel Chua, Director of Humanities at HKU said it as he looked towards the security people for cover. Nor did Mr Blair or Prof Chua “threaten” anyone.

    Watch the video at YouTube. In full screen at around 50 secs you will NOT see Blair’s lips move. Prof Chua is the “culprit”. Should he be shot too?

    Still waiting for Guido to apologise for this latest ‘lies/world/truth/boots on’ episode.

Terrible stuff, eh? Worthy of keeping away from the tender view of those who share his views.

But Guido is not for deleting me permanently, unlike some of his commenters, no doubt.

Thus far he is still showing my latest comment:

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Thanks for monitoring out my comment, Guido. Will be following up my earlier post.

To check the truth of what I said in the comment you cannot see – take a peep at the video again.  Watch in full-screen view and pay close attention from around 50 seconds.

As “I wouldn’t come any further” is heard, did you see Tony Blair’s lips move? Nor me. The man is astounding. A ventriloquist as well!

A propos today’s 797th Magna Carta anniversary: who is the most infamous name who attempted and failed to destroy our democracy? That’s right – The REAL Guido (Guy) Fawkes in 1605, after which futility he decided to choose the high jump.

By the way, Happy Magna Carta Day.

Next post, handy tips: ‘How to ensure you get published at Guido Fawkes’ blog’

Update: And here it is – Handy tips: how to get your comment published at Guido’s blog

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Guido, BBC, ITN, Huff all mislead re Tony Blair “loses cool, threatens” Hong Kong Grundy Numpty

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14th June 2012

Guido Fawkes says:

“…former PM warned menacingly: “I wouldn’t come any further…”

Except the former PM didn’t say that!

I have spent some time looking through today’s video versions, edited and otherwise of this incident in Hong Kong. This is the only full version I can find.

Protester attempts to arrest Tony Blair in Hong Kong (1m 53s from YouTube channel telegraphtv)

The bad news is that this full unedited version – the truth and nothing but the truth (so help them Lord Justice Leveson) – originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Until that is, they realised it showed Tony Blair in far too good a light for their agenda.

So I am calling out the BBC, ITN, The Huffington Post & Guido Fawkes for messing with the facts.

Lord Justice Leveson, Sir. You ARE going to investigate ALL the broadcasters and the internet know-alls, aren’t you? After all, as David Cameron admitted today, the broadcasters are the ones whose reach is all-pervasive and who have by far the widest coverage. Especially the “blessed” BBC. Thus the broadcasters are the main target for those who wish to get a political message out instantly to millions.

Let’s take a closer look at today’s (video) editors.

1. If you read Guido Fawkes’s blog on the Grundy Numpty who tried and failed (as they always do and will) to arrest Tony Blair in Hong Kong today, you could almost believe that our former PM reached into his pocket for his pistol. In fact he didn’t “warn” the protester and spoke in NO WAY  “menacingly”. Nor did anyone present. Apart from Tom Grundy. (Isn’t he from “The Archers”?)

At Guido’s –

Blair Loses Cool, Threatens War Protester

Tony Blair lost his rag after being heckled by a protester during a speech to students at the University of Hong Kong. As the man approached Blair, accusing him of breaching the Geneva convention, the former PM warned menacingly: “I wouldn’t come any further…” Asia Pacific News claims that  Blair said “that’s democracy for you” as the man was led away.

Neither did anyone else threaten the protester, as a quick look at the only unedited video online proves (Telegraph video above). Well done, the Telegraph. Now please do not remove it!

Guido probably picked the story up from ChannelNewAsia. That sentence  was not mentioned by Peter Walker here at the Guardian.

2. At the Huffington Post video version things are actually even worse. Guido could be forgiven for just copying and pasting. After all he has to prove he’s on the ball. Quick with the story, inexact or not. But when I watched the Huff’s video and tweeted on it earlier, twice, I said this:

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Blair Supporter Blair Supporter@blairsupporter Video of prize wally, Briton Tom Grundy’s #failed attempt at Citizens Arrest On Tony Blair In Hong Kong. http://huff.to/LFq79k @HuffPostUK

Just watched this video once: http://huff.to/LFq79k Check & see if you think Tony Blair “threatened” the Numpty in Hong Kong. Applause for TB

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I would not have tweeted this if it was not clear that Tony Blair did NOT say it. So I tweeted twice again to Guido, though he has blocked me on twitter for some inexplicable reason.  (He’ll still read them, believe me)

I don’t think it was Tony Blair who said “don’t come any further” to that numpty in Hong Kong. Guido? @guidofawkes So no threat, eh?

Blair Supporter Blair Supporter@blairsupporter

. @Firebird734 @guidofawkes said TB threatened the guy. He didn’t. It was another voice saying “don’t come any further” Apologies Guido?

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Now the Huff has got the huff and is showing the shortened ITN News version- 1:28 long. In this we do not hear those words uttered by anyone, nor much applause at the end. The Huff has also added to the text input of the protester, to include his denial over “harassment” something I, co-incidentally of course,  mentioned at twitter. Twice.

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@MarkKersten “Armed with the law”? That’s why they keep failing, & always will. GUILTY of harassment Arrest the “arrest Tony Blair” idiots

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Arrest this numpty for harassment. GUILTY! In Hong Kong reading out his charges to Tony Blair. @Daylifehttp://www.daylife.com/photo/0crs6xHcMZ4j5?__site=daylife&q=Tony+Blair&__site=daylife&__site=daylife

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Why did the Huff change their video? Imho,  two reasons: 1) sustained applause for Mr Blair at the end of the original clip, and 2) it was clearly NOT Mr Blair who spoke those dreadfully menacing words.

BROADCASTERS’ BIAS

3. The BBC/ITN

Both ITN and the Johnny-come-lately of broadcasting the BBC – in their talked-over video clips – edited out that remark. The BBC website even has this, a blatant LIE –

“As the heckler neared the podium, he was threatened with police action and left the auditorium peacefully.”

Really? Where was this “threat”?

As I tweeted earlier –

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@Axelfinance Another video this time from ‘honest’ #BBC which edits out fact that Blair did not threaten. BBC in cahoots w Guido Fawkes ;0)

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. @MailRightMinds Love how the editors at ITN edited out the part that show Tony Blair did NOT threaten the Grundy Numpty. OK, @guidofawkes

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The ever-trustworthy and truth-seeking Daily Mail used the ITN version. Again WHY? Simply because Tony Blair did not say it. Any of it. And showing the full video as above would have shown this. The chairman of the Faith & Globalisation meeting said it AND it was in no way threatening.

TBFF upcoming transcript Editing out the peripheral and unnecessary, hopefully.

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ADDENDUM Just spotted the longer version also here at Sky Watch it in full screen. You will then see clearly that it was the man standing immediately in front of Tony Blair who said “don’t come any further”.  NOTHING at all, by anyone, about a threat to arrest the protester.

ADDENDUM 2: The Telegraph disappoints me by spreading the lie/world/truth/boots on in its online article by saying, weakly, ‘Mr Blair reportedly told the protester: “I wouldn’t come any further … you can go.” ‘

For the umpteenth umpteenth – the man in front said that, NOT TONY BLAIR.

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‘Tony Blair was right’ – Parts 2 & 3

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13th June 2012

A superfluity of “rightness”

First I noticed this from my friend John Rentoul on twitter:  Hugo Rifkind – “Gordon Brown’s brazen mangling of opinion and fact” or, to get to my point “Things Tony Blair Was Right About”

I used it here yesterday – quote: “the ones he was right about … academies, civil partnerships, the NHS. I shan’t go on because it upsets me, but on Monday it happened again. Because Blair was also right, I now realise, about the failings of the British press. And Brown isn’t.’

But these right things just keep pouring in.

There was this on 7th June Tony Blair was right (Btw, he certainly “meant to”!)

‘Speaking at the Leveson Inquiry, Tony Blair said something quite prescient, though he might not have meant to. “You can’t disagree with anyone in politics now… and the environment in which media and politicians now work is more raw, brutal and crude in terms of interaction.” His sentiments were perfectly emphasised by someone who, of all things, would like least to support an argument made by Blair – David Lawley-Wakelin, the anti-war protestor who breached security at the court and accused the former Prime Minister of war crimes.

Lawley-Wakelin’s tirade epitomises exactly what Blair was talking about – that we can’t simply disagree with the decisions our representatives make, now we have to demonise them. Blair was focusing on what Lord Leveson called the “fusion of news and comment” in the media, but the increasingly polarised nature of British politics has been spilling over into the public arena of protest for some time now.’

And on 10th June there was this referring to Jeremy Vine’s encounter with Tony Blair in 1997, here

Vine was replying to this question:

You worked as a Westminster correspondent for a long time. And you were on the Blair battle-bus in 1997, weren’t you?

‘I interviewed Tony Blair five or six times, but it’s off-air conversations that matter. Once, on the bus, he said: “I like tea” and I said: “I like tea, too” and then he said something like: “I hear you’re a Christian, Jeremy” and I said: “I’m just struggling, you know” and he said: “It’s the most important thing in my life.” And then I said: “Don’t you feel that actually the big stuff like what you’re going to do when you get into power is much less important than the small stuff, which is how you treat your next-door neighbour?” I realised that was a bad analogy because his neighbour was Gordon Brown. But he said: “I completely agree.”‘

Tony Blair, therefore, was also right about another thing: his deeply held religious belief.  It didn’t just manifest itself as a convenient ‘purge to his conscience‘ after Iraq.

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“Things Tony Blair Was Right About”, by Hugo Rifkind

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OK, Blogger’s Rights (while they last) means I have adjusted this title somewhat. But let’s be blunt, I am not mingling opinion and fact. This is what the writer Hugo Rifkind thinks.

‘Gordon Brown’s brazen mangling of opinion and fact’ (source)

  • by: HUGO RIFKIND, From: The Times,  June 13, 2012 12:00AM (that’s tomorrow to we Brits.)

‘ON Monday I had a distressing experience. It consisted of listening to Gordon Brown address the Leveson Inquiry and having to add yet another item to the mental folder I keep in my skull entitled “Things Tony Blair Was Right About”.

I’m not proud of it. I wasn’t concentrating in my twenties, but I don’t remember ever voting for Blair. The one political event on which I managed to work up a passion, indeed, was The Big Thing Tony Blair Was Wrong About. And yet, too often, now I am concentrating, these things – the ones he was right about – crop up: academies, civil partnerships, the NHS. I shan’t go on because it upsets me, but on Monday it happened again. Because Blair was also right, I now realise, about the failings of the British press. And Brown isn’t.’

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To Mr Rifkind: it may take some time yet, but as we watch Syria descend into chaos, untroubled by the rest of us and particularly by the UN (Useless Nations), you may well come to wonder if intervention is a better option. In my humble opinion, Tony Blair was right about that too.

My thanks for the heads-up to fellow tweeting member of WFWHF (We Few, We Happy Few [Blair supporters]), John Rentoul

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