In case you needed yet one more reminder, and you do, as any lawyer can tell you, just don't ever put things in email. Yes, we all hate the phone. Yes, it's truly horrible. But do yourself a favor. Save the juicy business for IRL. And also then when you do have a dishy phone conversation—in this case, with Tony Blair—don't then summarize it in… an email. This PSA comes to you from the unlikely source of one James Murdoch. If you're still somehow following the News of the World hacking trials and tribulations, which have been going on for what seems like several lifetimes, you can stop [...]
War criminal Tony Blair is a war criminal, says local man.
"The relationship between alcohol and Prime Ministers is a subject for a book all on its own. By the standards of days gone by I was not even remotely a toper, and I couldn't do lunchtime drinking except on Christmas Day, but if you took the thing everyone always lied about – units per week – I was definitely at the outer limit. Stiff whisky or a G&T before dinner, couple of glasses of wine or even half a bottle with it. So not excessively excessive. I had a limit. But I was aware it had become a prop. I could never work out whether for me it was, [...]
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is appearing before the Chilcot Inquiry on British involvement in Iraq right now. (There's a live stream here, and you can bone up a bit on the background here.) Tony wants the good people of Knifecrime Island to know that he had always planned to support the US against Saddam, because that is pretty much job number one for a British Prime Minister, but there was never any "secret deal," since, hey, everyone knew that he was going to do whatever Bush wanted. Good times. In related news, a fund set up to reward "people attempting a peaceful [...]
"Scorned by his fellow citizens for his disastrous decision to provide cover for a corrupt war waged on false pretenses, the former leader of the United Kingdom found himself at 60 in dire, impoverished circumstances, constantly looking over his shoulder and fearful of travel, what with the possibility of arrest for war crimes always hanging over his head" is how a notice of Tony Blair's 60th birthday might read in a parallel universe. In this one, the guy is loaded and goes pretty much wherever he wants. He still turns 60 today though.
"That night she cradled me in her arms and soothed me; told me what I needed to be told; strengthened me. On that night of 12 May 1994, I needed that love Cherie gave me, selfishly. I devoured it to give me strength. I was an animal following my instinct." -Tony Blair's My Journey has been nominated for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy, of Channel 4's Snowmail, writes: "In a masterstroke of PR, two weeks before his book goes on sale, Tony Blair has said he will donate all his personal profits from the book, including a reported £4.6 million advance, to the Royal British Legion – to fund a special centre to help injured troops. This means no matter what your opinion of Blair – whether you think he is a raving war criminal who should spend the rest of his days rebuilding Iraqi roads that have been blown up by roadside bombs, or if you believe he was one of the greatest and most principled prime ministers [...]
The Independent's Matthew Norman on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is scheduled to testify on Friday in that country's Chilcot Inquiry on British involvement in Iraq:
For all the braggadocio, the sunken eyes and haunted expression betray his fear of arrest, and even more so his awareness of the loathing felt for him here and around the world. He may or may not be tortured on Friday by the Furies, as represented by the parents of troops killed in Iraq, but he will be tormented until the only Judgment Day he tells us means anything to a demigod whose stature far transcends the insolent judgments of [...]
Here is a heartfelt plea to Britons to remember why they hated Tony Blair.