Wonder what Tony Blair thinks of it now

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

First published in Letters by

IN 1994, I went to film a young Labour politician for the BBC in Acomb.

His name was Tony Blair, and I came home and said to my wife that I was really impressed with this young MP (he was only 40 at the time), and thought he should be leader of the Labour Party as I reckoned he would do amazingly well.

I couldn’t get over how much charisma he had – it was incredible. Even “Tony” sounded right?

At that time, John Smith was leader and seemed an honest, solid QC Scotsman; but he didn’t have that extra ingredient.

After Mr Smith’s sudden death, Tony Blair as leader and prime minister, brought a great sense of relief for most people, after the Conservatives’ stint.

Looking back 20 years, Blair did seem to be the man of the time – we had many years with a “buzz” in Britain. It’s a pity he lost the plot after 9/11 and went along with George Bush and the disastrous invasion of Iraq, and allowed Gordon Brown to be PM.

I know someone has to do it – but so many politicians have a very sad end of career with no personal satisfaction, as continuous real-life problems are not an art form. I wonder what “Tony” really thinks of it all now?

Keith Massey Acaster Malbis, York.

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2:11pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

You will only ever get to know the jist of it!
TB came to office under the sound bite of things can only get better, yes, you are right, he was a breath of fresh air after the Tory sleaze but in the end turned out no better himself.
While much of the financial disaster can be laid at Gordon Brown's door, Blair must be given his share of the blame. His lack of leadership over the MMR jab and the future loss of life is one I won't forget. While Blair advocates using our military, none of his children have ever enlisted.
Much of the green propaganda and hype came about during Blair's time as PM including the Stern Report and appointing Al Gore as the UK's advisor on climate. Not bad for a non scientist! Brown of course continued with this road to ruin with the Ed Miliband Climate Change Act of October 28th 2008. The most expensive Act of Parliament in UK history and I suspect the longest suicide note too.
Blair negotiated with the loyalists in Northern Ireland as a Protestant while all along he knew he would become a Catholic after leaving office.
Blair also agreed a non reciprocal extradition deal with the USA and also introduced bio fuels in 2006 by stealth. Then of course there was the open door immigration policy, leading to over crowding and housing shortage etc. Just a few negative examples.
Turns out that these people only want your vote but history shows they were not to be trusted. Bet he's looking at his bank balance now and having a laugh at our expense! What he thinks of it all...
You will only ever get to know the jist of it! TB came to office under the sound bite of things can only get better, yes, you are right, he was a breath of fresh air after the Tory sleaze but in the end turned out no better himself. While much of the financial disaster can be laid at Gordon Brown's door, Blair must be given his share of the blame. His lack of leadership over the MMR jab and the future loss of life is one I won't forget. While Blair advocates using our military, none of his children have ever enlisted. Much of the green propaganda and hype came about during Blair's time as PM including the Stern Report and appointing Al Gore as the UK's advisor on climate. Not bad for a non scientist! Brown of course continued with this road to ruin with the Ed Miliband Climate Change Act of October 28th 2008. The most expensive Act of Parliament in UK history and I suspect the longest suicide note too. Blair negotiated with the loyalists in Northern Ireland as a Protestant while all along he knew he would become a Catholic after leaving office. Blair also agreed a non reciprocal extradition deal with the USA and also introduced bio fuels in 2006 by stealth. Then of course there was the open door immigration policy, leading to over crowding and housing shortage etc. Just a few negative examples. Turns out that these people only want your vote but history shows they were not to be trusted. Bet he's looking at his bank balance now and having a laugh at our expense! What he thinks of it all... ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: 11

5:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

old_geezer says...

At least Wilson kept us out of Vietnam. Look at the shambles that is Iraq today, so many hundreds of thousands already dead and more dying daily, and our forces dead or maimed with so little to show for it. And all because of Blair's fatal subservience to American power.
At least Wilson kept us out of Vietnam. Look at the shambles that is Iraq today, so many hundreds of thousands already dead and more dying daily, and our forces dead or maimed with so little to show for it. And all because of Blair's fatal subservience to American power. old_geezer
  • Score: 11

8:28pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Blair postured as a socialist and , naive as I was, I believed it even down to the bit about him drinking in Sedgefield Working Mens Club. It wasn't long before I was aghast at what a turncoat he was; I could go on but I would probably be banned from this site if I really let rip so I will have to leave it there.
Blair postured as a socialist and , naive as I was, I believed it even down to the bit about him drinking in Sedgefield Working Mens Club. It wasn't long before I was aghast at what a turncoat he was; I could go on but I would probably be banned from this site if I really let rip so I will have to leave it there. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 7

11:01pm Tue 29 Jul 14

gwen4me says...

He should never have been appointed as middle east envoy.
He should never have been appointed as middle east envoy. gwen4me
  • Score: 4

11:05am Wed 30 Jul 14

CaroleBaines says...

Wasted a huge mandate and a very long term in office. Could have achieved so much and really, he fell a long way short. Which is a shame.
Wasted a huge mandate and a very long term in office. Could have achieved so much and really, he fell a long way short. Which is a shame. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 1

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