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toontra
Aug 5, 2003, 03:28 AM
One of Tony Blair's top aids has been caught out in a campaign designed to besmirch the reputation of the WMD expert found dead three weeks ago - LINK (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3124677.stm) - during the inquiry into his death.

PS This is the same government who sought to protect the job of ministerial aid Jo Moore who advised her minister on 11th September 2001 by email that in the light of the terrorist attacks in the US "today would be a good day to bury bad news"!

Do these people have no shame.

Pinto
Aug 5, 2003, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by toontra
Do these people have no shame.

Short answer.... no.

Sayhey
Aug 6, 2003, 01:42 AM
I hope some folk in Labour are trying to figure out how to get rid of Blair, not just his aides. Don't know much about Brown, but could he be worse?

toontra
Aug 6, 2003, 05:38 AM
Originally posted by Sayhey
I hope some folk in Labour are trying to figure out how to get rid of Blair, not just his aides. Don't know much about Brown, but could he be worse?

Blair is the only show in town. He saw off any attempt by Brown to replace him a while ago, and the vast majority on the "new" Labour MPs are so concerned about their own jobs they are quite prepared to subjugate their morality and the wishes of their constituents for a continuing meal ticket, and therefore would be very reluctant to see a change in leadership. Blair is seen as the godfather of new labour, and few can envisage it's continuation without him. The only way Blair will go is if he is forced to quit, which is still a real possibility as we wait for the various enquiries into intelligence leading to war to report.

Having said that, many of Blair's closest political friends and supporters have been asked to, or are about to, resign (with his spokesman Tom Kelly the most recent to be on the line); this may leave him increasingly vulnerable. But the Labour party will only move against him if they guage that he will be a liability at the next election rather than an asset.

This whole position of Blair's supremacy is only possible because of the pathetically inept performance of the Tory party and their leader IDS. There is effectively no opposition, so all of Blair's antics go largely unchallenged. This is why the BBC and other media have become so critical of Blair over recent months; they have effectively taken on the role of the opposition, filling the void left by the Tories.

Sayhey
Aug 6, 2003, 10:54 AM
Toontra, wouldn't wish a new Tory government on anybody, so IDS' lack of effectiveness isn't necessarily, from my point of view, a "bad thing."

Has the old socialist left in Labour been that soundly defeated that even they won't put up resistence to Blair? It's one thing to move Labour from a socialist party to a "Clinton lite" version of the US Democratic party; it's a whole different thing to make it into a lapdog for Bush. Maggie Thatcher must be proud.