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 –

“THANK YOU, MR BLAIR, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP”

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.

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

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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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Red Mercury – Iraq – LBC – Blue Politics – Boris Johnson – Telegraph – Tony Blair – Leveson

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Update: Boris Johnson was the Editor of the Spectator from 1999 to 2005 The writer below does not say in which year he spoke to Mr Johnson, but we can assume it was after 2003. Why did he sit on this information? FOI anyone?

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“… you are sitting on a huge international scoop. If you have evidence that even points to the Iraqis trying to acquire nuclear-related materials from the ex-Soviet countries, that’s big news. It vindicates Mr Blair and Mr Bush!”

I noticed an intriguing article this morning, which is pasted below in its entirety.

Some might say it raises more questions than it answers.  I am aware that even mentioning the possibility that Mr Dhondy’s recollections are accurate could be considered clutching at straws by we drowning Blair supporters. However it is clearly worth looking at, especially if such as Boris Johnson already know quite a lot about it. Am I being too suspicious to imagine that if it were a Tory PM whose name had been dragged through the mire over a political decision, the London Mayor might have been more willing to mention this? On second thoughts – if it were Cameron?

Still, political and personal ambitions and bias aside, perhaps some fair-minded newspaper or broadcasting organisation will consider it worth investigating properly if belatedly. That is the only way. If Tony Blair himself or those working for his interests sink time & effort into this investigation how many will accept those findings, given the zeitgeist?

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Mr Blair and the ghost of Iraq War

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Farrukh Dhondy

“The world performs
And we are entitled to wonder.”

From The Proverbs
of Bachchoo

Like Banquo’s ghost in Macbeth, the Iraq War returns now and then to haunt Britain’s ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair. This week he was giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry on the relations his government had with the Murdoch newspapers. He was being asked if his friendship with the Murdoch family could have influenced his government’s policies or resulted in corrupt favouritism towards the family’s businesses.

As he stood at the witness’ rostrum a man appeared from behind the drapes where Lord Leveson, the chair of the enquiry, sat. The intruder shouted at Mr Blair playing to the cameras and reporters.

“You are a war criminal,” he repeated and alleged that Mr Blair had been paid by a bank to take Britain into the war. The court’s security guards grabbed him before he could say much more and frog-marched him away.

The newspapers and the TV stations which reported the incident scrupulously avoided the allegations about being bribed by a bank to go to war.

Why did Britain go to war? The question has been the matter of two parliamentary inquiries. Tony Blair and Alistair[sic] Campbell, his chief spin-doctor, insist that they received reports from the intelligence services which said that Iraq had and was acquiring and perfecting weapons of mass destruction (WMDs as they were subsequently dubbed) of the biological, chemical and nuclear varieties.

Mr Blair told Parliament and the nation that these WMDs were a threat to the security of Britain and that Iraq could launch an attack on this country or other countries in 45 minutes and asked Parliament to ratify the deployment of the armed forces.

As the world now knows, there were no WMDs discovered in Iraq. Mr Blair and Mr Campbell, it has been alleged, manipulated the Secret Services and falsified their report to exaggerate the threat of WMDs. The spooks had nowhere said that WMDs definitely existed and the 45-minute deployment was pure fabrication.

All over the world people allege that US President George W. Bush took the US to war to serve the vested interests of a group of American profiteers. That vice-president Dick Cheney, Mr Bush himself and Donald Rumsfeld, the US secretary for defence, had connections and investments in the oil industry and in firms such as Halliburton which landed huge reconstruction contracts, is not a secret.

Allegations that Mr Blair had a financial motivation have never been established and Mr Blair immediately insisted for the record perhaps, in denying the allegation.

Nevertheless, the episode has revived the media’s interest in the matter. An Iraqi exile speaking on London’s LBC radio station said he supported Mr Blair’s stance about WMDs as he was himself an operative in the biological field in Iraq and escaped the country because he knew that the war would target his facility. He claimed he could locate the sites devoted to the development of biological weapons by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

I don’t know whether the Iraqi government or the British Secret Services will contact this gentleman and verify his allegations. If I were Mr Blair I’d use some of my considerable wealth to privately investigate his claim if only to be able to retrospectively justify sending a country to war and being responsible for the expenditure of lives and money in what very many see as a futile, destructive and even criminal conflict.

Some years ago I set out to assist Mr Blair to do just that, though, gentle reader, I can see that this may sound like the comedian Spike Milligan’s satirical book title Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall.

It was after the parliamentary enquiry into the Iraq War had declared that there were never any WMDs in Iraq that I received a phone call from an acquaintance of mine in Paris.

This person had a criminal past and had spent a lot of his life in jail. He was at the time free and living in Paris but still involved in deals which some might have found questionable.

“Farrukh, you studied physics, so tell me what is Red Mercury?”

“It’s an Antimony compound which Soviet scientists claim to have fabricated which can be used as a nuclear trigger. Very many other physicists doubt its existence,” I said. “But why do you want to know?”

He said he’d been in Bahrain before the Iraq War for an appointment with some Arab gentlemen who were interested in buying Red Mercury which he could broker, for a substantial sum, from an ex-Soviet mafia outfit. He had evidence of his meetings with these Arab agents and written and taped records of their interest in purchasing nuclear triggers.

“Iraqis?” I asked.

He was sure they were acting on behalf of the Iraqi government.

“Then you are sitting on a huge international scoop. If you have evidence that even points to the Iraqis trying to acquire nuclear-related materials from the ex-Soviet countries, that’s big news. It vindicates Mr Blair and Mr Bush! Come to London.”

I introduced him to Boris Johnson, now Mayor of London who was then the editor of the Spectator. Mr Johnson said it was too big a story for the “Speccie” to break. It had to be one of the big dailies. He introduced my person to a leading reporter of the Daily Telegraph who was instantly interested.

The snag was that the Telegraph said it couldn’t pay the sort of money that my person from France was asking in exchange for handing over the evidence of the proposed transaction. I believe, though I wasn’t there, that my Paris acquaintance and the Telegraph reporter spent several days circling each other. The deal fell through.

My man had an even bigger transaction he said which couldn’t wait and he flew off to Nepal. He probably still has the emails and proof of his meetings with the nuclear clients and again, if I were Mr Blair I’d pay him a visit in Kathmandu, where he is a permanent guest of the Nepalese government, and strike a deal.

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What Manner Of Man Is This?

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8th March 2012

WHAT MANNERS HAS THIS MAN?

Yes, Ed, we know you are your own man. But how unnecessary or naive or perhaps not(?) to remind us that you are “not Tony Blair”.

What do the Tony Blair boos at Conference tell us about Labour today? –  LOSERS?  ‘Perhaps some might want to recall a quote from a different conference speech then: “They say I hate the party, and its traditions. I don’t. I love this party. There’s only one tradition I hated: losing.”

And the speaker? Tony Blair in 2006

ED MILIBAND ON BLAIR & IRAQ

WRONG – SO WRONG

In September 2010 in first leader’s speech to conference  Ed Miliband defended his Iraq war condemnation

Ed Miliband giving his keynote conference speech
Mr Miliband of the “New generation” (forgetting the ‘oldies’ who actually VOTE)) said the Iraq war was wrong “for a whole range of reasons”  [a clue to the “range” would be helpful.] He defended his decision to condemn the Iraq war saying the war had “led to a fundamental loss of trust” in Labour and it was “right to level with people” about that.

He said he had not been able to speak out more strongly about Iraq while in government because he was “part of a collective responsibility … I criticise nobody faced with making the toughest of decisions and I honour our troops who fought and died there, but I do believe that we were wrong. Wrong to take Britain to war.” Oh, Brother! David Miliband was NOT impressed!

WHAT VALUES HAS THIS MAN?

New Labour is Dead – ‘One angry Blairite MP said: “We cannot just put Tony Blair in a box. We cannot totally disown New Labour as this lot seem to want to.”’

WHAT LESSONS MUST BE LEARNED?

Miliband used his family history – his late father Ralph escaped from the Nazis in German-occupied Belgium and his mother Marion was sheltered from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland – to make a serious point about his values and mission. “My parents fled the Nazis. And came to Britain. They embraced its values. Outsiders. Who built a life for us. So this is who I am. The heritage of the outsider. The vantage point of the insider. The guy who is determined to break the closed circles of Britain.”

WHO MUST BE PURGED?

Labour General Secretary Iain McNicol has failed to kill off rumours that top-level sackings at party HQ are a purge of Blairites by Red Ed Miliband.

A secret memo on how to deal with tricky questions on the shake-up gives the game away: ‘Is this a witch-hunt against all Tony Blair supporters?

Everyone who is willing to be loyal to Ed Miliband is welcome.’ We get the picture, Iain.

WHAT NOW FOR THE MAN WHO DERIDED NEW LABOUR?

The New Labour party which went where no Labour party had gone before,  or will go again.

Now Ed Miliband goes humbly to the feet of the man he treated publicly with such careless disdain. Why? For lessons in leadership and communicating with the people.

You couldn’t make it up.

And not just ONE passing get-together. It seems “the pair have chatted more often than Mr Miliband has met Gordon Brown — his predecessor as leader and his former boss at the Treasury.  A friend of Mr Blair said: “Tony is the greatest political strategist of his generation — why wouldn’t Ed want to meet him?”

Perhaps, since many diminish we Blair supporters for being followers of “The Messiah”, I should end with this. Apologies to those of a sensitive, fundamentalist religiosity  –

Jesus Tony calms the storm

And the same day, when the even opinion poll was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude journalists, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves desperate beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind twits ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  Mark 4:35-41

Tony Blair at a meeting of his Faith Foundation in Sierra Leone, March 2012

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Brother and Blairite David Miliband too feels the need to acknowledge mistakes. Mistakes in government? We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

“There’s a debate in the Labour Party about how we should understand our record in government, what we should be proud of and what we should apologise for,” he said.

David Miliband added that it was “very important to be proud of your achievements and humble about your mistakes”, while always understanding that politics is about the future.

“So we have a responsibility to understand the fundamental ways in which the world is changing and Britain’s place in the world is changing.

Changing? And so The Master’s voice still echoes in the still and darkness of the Labourite night.

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