As the fat cats and their puppets gather in Virgina for Bilderberg the biggest puppet of all has been caught out by wearechange.org.
As Charlie Skelton reports here:
When Blair was asked in a written question in 1998 the following:
Mr. Christopher Gill MP: To ask the Prime Minister which members of his government have attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group.
The Prime Minister: None.
Yet in this video he fondly remembers attending in 1993.
So – yet another example of Blair brazenly lying to parliament.
Nick Cohen on how Blair’s willingness to prop up the brutal Kazakhstan regime shows him as putting personal profit above anything else.
In an interview with the “hard hitting political commentator” Fern Britton Tony Blair has finally admitted that WMDs were simply a flimsy excuse to deceive a nation into going to war and he would have sought regime change anyway.
In an interview timed to try and defuse the mounting attacks on Blair’s WMD lies coming from the Chilcot Inquiry the confused looking former PM rambled at length about his faith and why he decided it was fine to invade and occupy a sovereign state that posed no threat to Britain.
Bliar said his work in the Middle East made him think “I can’t really think we’d be better with him [Saddam] and his two sons still in charge”.
Of course the families of the hundred odd thousand civilians who have died since Blair’s illegal war started would possibly disagree.
Lt Gen Frederick Viggers, Britain’s senior military representative in Iraq, today said lives had been lost in Iraq as a result of the fact that “amateurs” who did not have the experience to perform were in key roles.
Lt Gen Viggers said the operation had suffered from a lack of direction and a clear idea of what would be faced from the beginning.
“It was rather like going to the theatre and seeing one sort of play and realising you were watching a tragedy as the curtains came back,” he said.
Without naming individuals, he said he blamed those at the highest levels of government.
“I am not talking about the soldiers and commanders and civilians… who did a great job. But it’s the intellectual horsepower (sic) that drives these things [which] needs better co-ordination,” he said.
Blair, at the highest level of Government, perhaps could be excused amateur status since by the time of the Iraq crusade, sorry invasion, he had a taste for war. I guess Iraq was one war too far. Oops – no, that was Afghanistan, Iraq was two wars too far.
Yet another reminder of the Police State Blair created.
Interesting to note the Police response when summoned by a Bank of America rent-a-plod.
Another day at the Chilcot Inquiry and another civil servant lines up to point the finger of blame for the Iraq fiasco firmly at Tony Blair.
As the Guardian reports, Sir John Scarlett used his moment under the spotlight to insist that the controversial foreword to the ‘dodgy dossier’, written and signed by Blair, was “overtly political” and had nothing to do with the intelligence contained in the dossier itself.
At the same time it was leaked that the information on the controversial and untrue 45 minute allegation that formed so much of Blair’s argument for war was actually information based on the ramblings of a taxi driver.
Al Jazeera are reporting that Blair’s time may be up and he looks like he is showing the strain. After another day of carnage in Baghdad reflects the abject failure of Blair’s illegal war let’s hope he feels it a little more.
In a story that seems to have gone unreported largely in the Western media Hans Blix has made a damning statement on Bush and Blair’s Iraq war.
Blix, the former head of the UN weapons inspectors tasked with finding the non-existent WMDs, said that in his view the war on Iraq was illegal and that Blair and Bush had “misled themselves and then they misled the public” about the reason for the war.
He also revealed the bizzare fact that he has NOT been requested to attend as a witness in the ongoing Chilcot Whitewash, sorry Inquiry. If true this is completely unacceptable. Blix was the man on the ground in Iraq and while it’s nice to hear about the cosy meetings in Texas behind closed doors and the political machinations that led to the invasion, it remains a fact that the stated reason for invasion was that Saddam had WMDs. Blix’s team found nothing in the run-up to the invasion, nor were such weapons found afterwards which means if Chilcot is to be taken seriously he MUST call Blix.
Blix also stated that “They [Bush and Blair] eventually had so much military in the Gulf that they felt they had to invade”.
Not sure that is a legal basis to invade a sovereign state.
In an astonishing admission Cherie Blair has said that despite being ‘comfortable’ she will never stop worrying about money.
Cherie’s definition of comfortable is slightly removed from the real world. The Blairs’ property portfolio includes a Â£3.65 million terraced house in Connaught Square (with a Â£1.27 million ‘guest house’ behind), a Â£5.75 million mansion in Bucks and the famous ‘dodgy flats’ in Bristol worth a mere Â£500k.
She must be struggling as her husband only pockets a paltry Â£2 million a year from the bank JP Morgan and a trifling Â£500k annually from Zurich Financial Services. This in addition from his dull, self-obsessed speeches in which he has reportedly earned Â£5.3 million since being ousted. In addition his bargain-bin destined memoirs have also so far earned him Â£4.6 million.
Tony must be a real dynamo managing to hold down all these part time jobs as I would have thought trying to bring peace to the Middle East would be pretty much a full time job.
Still it’s nice to see he can take time out from his various crusades to pop over to Azerbaijan at the behest of an obscure Oligarch with business links to Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. He earned Â£100k for that little number, hardly worth getting out of bed for.
Of course these figures pale into insignificance when compared to the ‘really rich list’ which the Blairs long to be on. They are not in the same league as his paymaster Oligarch or the Rothschilds and it’s unlikely they ever will be which is possibly why Cherie worries so much about cash. Perhaps the poor lambs don’t end up seeing much of it after it has been channeled through Blair’s web of companies that is so deviously set up that the Guardian is running a competition to see if anyone can unravel them.
It’s a good job then that the taxpayer pays him a pension of Â£63,468 a year, as well as Â£84,000 to fund a private office.
Nice work if you can get it.
The Daily Mail is reporting that six top Doctors are saying Dr David Kelly did not commit suicide and was murdered.
Shortly before his death Dr Kelly told a friend that “he wouldn’t be surprised if his body was found in the woods”. Not long later it was.
Dr Kelly was the source of the story that Tony Blair’s government had ‘sexed-up’ its dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction to justify illegaly invading Iraq.
As the Chilcot Inquiry has been told this week Bush and Blair fully intended to invade Iraq regardless of whether weapons were found or not.
We can only hope that this new line of inquiry sheds more light on Dr Kelly’s death and that perhaps one day those responsible for his death face justice.
Looks like the Sunday papers are lining up to take a crack at Bambi Bliar.
The Mail gleefully reports on how Tony is being attacked on three fronts:
However the best news is that the Telegraph has obtained leaked docs showing the chaos and deceit in the UK Cabinet in the run up to Iraq. Tony apparently sent UK troops to battle in the desert equipped with 5 bullets each and skis!
We can only hope the offensive continues this week when the Chilcot inquiry opens on Tuesday.
It seems that reason has prevailed and the EU have decided that having a war criminal as their unelected figurehead is not a great idea.
Of course the smug one will no doubt say he was never interested in the job but Angela Merkel seemed to think he was and quietly torpedoed his bid.Â It seems Tony’s Teflon shield doesn’t work against women….
It seems Tony has not been exactly forthcoming on what his businesses actually do. Â According to a city accountant featured in the piece it looks as though he has set up his Windrush Ventures company formation structure to avoid prying eyes.
For those interested in unraveling exactly what he is up to the trail starts here.Â Search for ‘Windrush Ventures’ and for a couple of quid you can have copies of the company accounts and an unique insight into how companies are structured by those looking to avoid scrutiny.
Tony Blair will have to face families of soldiers killed in his illegal Iraq war early next year.
It has been announced that government ministers, including Blair, will be grilled in Jaunary.Â While the inquiry is being veiwed by many as another whitewash waiting to happen, Blair cannot relish the fact that he will have to face angry families who want him to explain his lies that lead to Iraq.
Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was among the soldiers killed in the illegal war, said the families wanted to be “face-to-face” with the former prime minister.
Blair has already displayed his usual arrogance in telling Rose Gentle how she should behave:
â€˜I think it is better that she is allowed to express her grief in her own way without public controversyâ€™
That was his perspective on Rose Gentleâ€™s accusation that her son, who was killed in Iraq, had been treated like â€˜a bit of meatâ€™, 2004.
The Daily Telegraph reports on how a secretive company run by the brother of Tony Blairâ€™s main adviser is profiting from being a key player in the development of Libyaâ€™s lucrative tourist industry.
No connection obviously with the fact that Teflon signed a controversial co-operation agreement with Col Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, that opened trade links for British firms only 3 months earlier.
It’s also seemingly pure coincidence to link the money that Tony Blair Associates and Lord Powell’s company seem to be raking in from the Middle East is in any way associated with Tone’s role as Middle East ‘peace’ envoy.
Company with links to Tony Blair adviser in Libya tourism deal.
Methinks the unelected Meddleson should be more worried about getting himself a job lined up….
A great piece by Alexander Chancellor on how Blair’s chances are fading and how the devious ‘non-campaign’ he is running to become President of the EU shows his true style.
This piece by Michael Glackin in the Lebanon Daily Star is so good I’ve published it in full to preserve it.
During a trip to Nablus earlier this year, Tony Blair insisted that improving conditions for Palestinians in the Israeli occupied West Bank was proof that a Palestinian state can be â€œbuilt from the bottom up while itâ€™s being negotiated from the top down.â€ Blair was referring to the removal of three Israeli checkpoints around the city. It was a typical snappy, political sound-bite of the kind Blair, special envoy for the Middle East â€œQuartetâ€ â€“ the United States, Russia, the European Union and United Nations â€“ excels in. Remember the one about Iraqâ€™s weapons of mass destruction â€œwhich could be activated within 45 minutes?â€
Unfortunately, like the sound-bite he used to win support for the invasion of Iraq, Blairâ€™s comments in Nablus were untrue.
Firstly there are currently no meaningful â€œtop downâ€ negotiations between the governments of the Palestinian Authority and Israel, nor indeed anyone else it seems. Secondly, the â€œbottom upâ€ improvements that Blair was extolling, the easing of restrictions at Israeli checkpoints, only exist in a handful of places and are seen by many Palestinians as a sop for the lack of meaningful political progress to improve their plight.
These small improvements in the everyday lives of people shouldnâ€™t be overlooked of course, but in reality they are not much to show for more than two years in his role as Quartet envoy and hardly evidence that Blair is slowly laying the economic foundations of a viable Palestinian state. This year Israel has removed 11 checkpoints, but according to the UN there are still more than 600 checkpoints and unmanned barriers choking the free movement of goods and people throughout the West Bank and Gaza.
So what exactly has Blair achieved during his two years as Quartet envoy?
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It has been reported that ol’ Bambi may have been using his position as ‘Meddling’ East peace advisor to help him wangle a quick million on the side from Tescos.Â If true this surely must help him in his quest to ‘win the hearts and minds’ of Palestinians.
Forget the relentless seige, the indiscriminate bombings and the illegal settlment building.Â They could easily get over their water crisis by letting Bliar ‘facilitate’ the building of a couple of Tesco Metros.
Of course the downside would be that it would be easier to smuggle arms through the Israeli blockade, simply by placing them in a blue stripey bag.
An anonymous writer has emailed the Royal British Legion to explain why they changed a Poppy Appeal poster as above:
“There was no intent to dishonour anyone (Blair excluded) and I meant no disrespect to either the Royal British Legion and its supporters, nor to the family of Damian Wright,” the e-mail said.
“I am sorry if anyone felt misled into thinking the legion was taking a position on the rights or wrongs of current military incursions.
“I support the work of the legion, although I think it’s tragic that veterans and their families have to rely on charity, rather than receive the support they deserve from the government so quick to spend money sending our troops to war.”
One of the more interesting points of view in the email is that the writer felt pressurised into this course of direct action due to the fact that despite having lobbied their MP they hadÂ “lost all faith in the political system”.
“Those who dissent find themselves labelled as ‘domestic extremists’ and threatened with police violence and terror laws.”
Very true and the way a lot people feel in the UK now, direct action is becoming the only solution for people who want toÂ protest.Â Â Of course asÂ the Lisbon Treaty is signed today and the Charter of Fundamental Rights become law across most of the EU, it’s good to know that there is a clause that states that everyone should have theÂ “..freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority”.
Such a shame then that Teflon decided the UK didn’t need these pesky new fundamental rights and negotiated an opt-out for the UK.
Can’t really blame the writer then for his way of getting across a valid protest.
So said Anne Donnachie yesterday while addressing an Iraq inquiry committee at a regional meeting in Bristol.
Anne’s son Rifleman Paul Donnachie was killed in Basra in April 2007. He was just 18 years old.
Anne adds her voice to a growing number of bereaved families who want justice for the loved ones they have lost in an illegal war.
Paul’s uncle Brynley Pritchard also spoke on behalf of his family and made the following damning statement:
“We believe the war on Iraq was wrong and unlawful. The UK and US could not justify getting it past the UN because of vetoes by other member countries.
“So we believe a conspiracy was formed by Tony Blair and President Bush to invade Iraq under the pretence that Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and was preparing to use them against other countries of the world.
“We believe the true reason for the war was to protect the oil-producing countries of the Middle East, and was therefore motivated by greed. The protection of the oil fields could have been done by the UN and this could have saved 179 British personnel, numerous United States personnel and countless Iraqi civilians.
“Mr Blair should be taken to task by the UK judicial system for lying in parliament.”
We can only hope that the upcoming inquiry is not yet another whitewash and that Blair may yet be held accountable.
Another day in Baghdad – at least another 90 innocent people die. Over six years since Operation Enduring Freedom was launched against a background of lies and falsehoods and the only thing Iraq is enduring is misery.
Despite the complete and abject failure of this illegal war Blair shows no shame or regret as he continues his attempts to become the first unelected President of the EU. This attempt needs to be stopped – the only place Blair should be appearing in the EU in the Hague facing criminal charges.
A petition started to display objection to the incredible idea that this man can stay in politics has already attracted 40,000 signatures. While is unlikely to prevent the inevitable happening it will send a strong signal that for many people this is an unacceptable idea.
Blair was confronted with a Palestinian today who was incredulous at the failed peace envoy’s nerve at showing up at a mosque in Hebron.
He screamed “you are a terrorist” at the permanently bewildered Blair before being attacked by security guards and rushed away from the scene still shouting “He is not welcome in the land of Palestine”.
It seems Blair garners little respect amongst the Arab population of the Middle East, which is unsurprising since he is responsible for so many of their deaths.
In a typical Blair dismissal of anyone who dares to protest him he said “You know, he made his protest and that’s fair enough”. He then attempted to direct the media; “I think it’s important for you guys as well to not always mistake the protest for the general view of the whole population”.
I would guess that the protesters views are those of the general Palestinian population Tony – after all your track record on Gaza is not so great.
The diminutive French President Nicholas Sarkozy last night admitted that Blair faces strong opposition from some member states opposed to the election of the failed UK Prime Minister as first President of the EU.
Sarkozy, who has long enjoyed a close relationship with Blair, had previously said that he favoured a â€œstrong and charismaticâ€ figure to head the 27-nation bloc.
However last night he addedÂ â€œPersonally I believe in a Europe that is politically strong and embodied by a person. But the fact that Great Britain is not in the single currency remains a problemâ€.
French commentators said that the remarks made by Sarkozy to Le Figaro appeared to be dumping Mr Blair as a liability.Â This is something Blair must be getting used to by now.
It might also be plausible that Sarkozy does not fancy the idea of the first EU President being embroiled in the upcoming Iraq inquiry.