Greased Lightning Tony Didn’t Have Time To Hear My Thanks (@ Chilcot, 2011)

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31st March, 2013

I have added the below blog post, taken from my now moribund blog (& only slightly amended), due to a twitting reminder by convicted criminal (sorry, you just are) David Lawley-Wakelin (his twitter link.)

22nd January 2011

It might have been my camera. It wasn’t set to high-speed, fast-moving, cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof, avoiding shoe-throwers setting.

After the Iraq Inquiry’s main event of the year as I waited in the QEII lobby for a friend and accomplice in the Blair Isn’t A War Criminal gang, it became clear that others already hanging around were awaiting something. So, ever curious, I hung around too.

Suddenly, after Sir John Chilcot and the other panel members had made their own exits, there he was.  Followed by a few minders, with a score or more police officers around the edges of his threatening pathway, a slim, greying but lithe Tony Blair walked quickly past several dozen variously agenda’d individuals.

I must say – I was relieved to notice his head was still in place.

I wanted a picture but, seeing the result above, perhaps I should have left this. I also wanted to shout at him – yes SHOUT – as is the way with us Brits.  Except that my phrase would have been very different from that of most of the gathered curious.  I’d have yelled –


Unfortunately another bystander had his own message linked to the Iraq issue, though more linked to a corrupt capitalist company which is now linked to Mr Blair as an adviser. All this “linkage” gets kind of wearing.

While I was clicking the camera the corruptcapitalismhater yelled his diatribe of abuse just as the former prime minister was within earshot. And he definitely didn’t say “excuse me” on this occasion. Before I could thank the great man, and before the shouter had shouted his last, he had passed through the police-barred doors and the phalanx of cameras outside and was safely inside his ghostly white car.

So I’m taking this opportunity to thank Mr Blair.  One day, for the umpteenth time and especially for those in careless ignorance, I may even re-list exactly WHY I thank Mr Blair.

Yesterday, after his second appearance at the Iraq Inquiry, and inside his own metallic casing of greased lightning, he left us all in his wake. Perhaps it was ever thus.


Video of Tony Blair’s evidence to the Iraq Inquiry, Friday 2st January 2011. Transcript.


And this is David Lawley-Wakelin’s “excuse me – the man’s a war criminal” rant (for which vain little outing he now has a criminal record).

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29th May 2012

Update: The Guardian reports that Leveson has passed the Tony Blair protester case to the director of public prosecutions 


An ever-so-polite protester was restrained by security – eventually – as Tony Blair testified at the Leveson inquiry yesterday.

Yesterday a self-righteous individual with a “beef” wormed his way “easily” into the Royal Courts of Justice. He emerged from behind a startled Brian Leveson the judge who is leading the inquiry into the British media. The beefed-up one then stood a few metres away from this country’s former prime minister and politely shouted to him and the dumbstruck assembled “Excuse me!”

He yelled a few other things too. The sort of ice-breaking, meaningless chit-chat you make towards new, transient partners in the knowledge that you’re not expected to consummate the relationship. It took less than half a minute to spew out the ‘do you come here oftens?’

Then he pulled out a gun and shot dead The Judge, the Prize Witness and the Leading Barrister. Oh and the young legal beaver woman behind the barrister, even though she had clearly been enthralled by the enticing merry dance. 

[Would someone advise this young “legal person” (below on left) one doesn’t smirk tellingly when one’s judicial hearing is interrupted, especially when it is being shown live to the world? (See first few seconds into video.)]


Of course, this last bit didn’t happen. No-one died.

But they could have. THAT’S the point. And the social-media mood music which congratulates someone for having the contempt to gatecrash a judicial hearing encourages future have-a-goers. Encouraged even more by the fact that this man is not to be charged after his excuse-me jiggery-pokery.

I’m not taking a swipe at the security of the Leveson Inquiry court-room, though there are clearly issues.  Brian Leveson is quite capable of doing that. A few moments after the jig ended and the jigger had been juggled off, Leveson set up an immediate inquiry as to how the intruder had worked his way in through the judge’s personal entrance into court.

My reprimand is towards all those today echoing the mood music yesterday on twitter: “All Hail the Conquering Hero”

Those who would no doubt be excusing and supporting a certain David Lawley-Wakelin even louder if the Leveson Inquiry had found itself today one judge short of a merry dance or the country had noticed it was one former prime minister short of a foursome reel.

Change partners. Thank you. Time for a new dance.


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