Andrew Allison

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Read Boris!

In Blair, Boris Johnson, Iraq, Saddam Hussein on January 8, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Just one more before I go to bed. I don’t think Boris Johnson needs a plug from me, however I have just read a most eloquent article on his blog, attacking Tony Blair’s silence after the death of Saddam Hussein and the general mess that exists in Iraq. It is four days old now, but one hell of a good read.

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Blair stands by the special relationship with the US…

In Blair, Bush, Churchill, FDR, Iraq, Reagan, Thatcher on December 19, 2006 at 8:31 pm

And so would I for that matter, but the Chatham House report didn’t say that we should scrap the relationship. It said Blair’s legacy would be the “disaster” of Iraq and his failure to influence the US.

The special relationship initially referred to the friendship between Churchill and FDR and has at times been weak and strong. It was particulary strong between Thatcher and Reagan, where there was a meeting of minds and the two of them regarded themselves as equals. That did not mean the UK supported the US blindly, and vice-versa.

Blair is regarded as Bush’s poodle and for very good reasons. The ‘Yo Blair’ incident earlier this year only reaffirmed what we thought. Having said that, shortly there will be a new president and a new prime minister. How strong the special relationship will be then, will utimately depend on the new incumbents.

Labour are a shambles

In Blair, Brown, Cameron, Conservatives on December 17, 2006 at 3:07 pm

So a spokesman for Blair says the leaked memo has not come from No. 10. Well they would, wouldn’t they? Read it here.Whether it has or it hasn’t, makes no difference to me. They are a shambles; they know they are a shambles and they know the electorate have the same opinion.

Bring on Gordon. The dour Scot, who will try to distance himself from Blair, even though he was Chancellor for 10 years, will be no match for a revitalised Conservative Party under Cameron.

Shambolic, tired, sleaze ridden. What ever you call it, this government is on the way out.

Jumping through the hoops to get a passport.

In Blair, civil liberties, ID cards on December 10, 2006 at 5:46 pm

According to The Sunday Times, this is what we will have to do to get a passport in the near future. Tony Blair still insists ID cards will combat terrorism and help in the fight against illegal immigration. Does he really believe it or is he starting to believe his own spin? As I – and many others – have said before, ID cards would never have stopped the 7/7 bombings.

What the article doesn’t say is the type of questions you may be asked at an interview in the passport office. That is the bit that concerns me. The record of this government on civil liberties is shocking, so I am not filled with any hope here. I can imagine the questioning being very intrusive. I cannot think of anything else they need to know about me. In previous employment I have signed the Official Secrets’ Act twice. As a driving instructor I am on an official register. As we speak, a CRB check is being done on me so I can become a school governor. Perhaps they are going to get me to sign a declaration to say I have never been involved with espionage and have never tried to overthrow the government by non-legitimate means. As if I would admit to it if I had done. No, I can see yet more liberties that we have taken for granted going down the swanny river, all in the cause of Blair’s costly, beaurocratic folly.

Should our troops be paid more?

In Afghanistan, Blair, Royal Marines on November 22, 2006 at 6:37 pm

I saw in the newspaper yesterday, Tony Blair addressing our troops in Afghanistan. He told them how proud he was. Then a Lance Corporal in the Royal Marines asked the prime minister about more pay for troops on active service. He has a point. Tony said he couldn’t make any promises. Come on Tony! It is hard work on a six month tour and they should be rewarded and they shouldn’t have to pay tax on their earnings when they are on tour. And then I hear Cherie Blair is likely to pocket £100K on the US lecture circuit, trading on the fact she is the prime minister’s wife. So, it’s okay to swell the Blair coffers, but not to reward our troops.

Tony Blair in Pakistan

In Blair, Iraq on November 19, 2006 at 10:31 am

I have just been watching a press conference with Tony Blair and President Musharraf. What Blair is doing as he grandstands his way around the world, is to try and secure a positive legacy. Bill Clinton tried in vain to secure middle east peace at the end of his presidency, and it seems Mr Blair is doing exactly the same. As noble an aim as it is, the Iraq war will come back to haunt him. One of the main reasons I was against the war, was because it would destabilise the region. And that is what it has done and has set back the chances of peace.

Mr Blair also now admits to what everyone else in the world thinks, that the violence in Iraq since the 2003 invasion has been a disaster. Another reason not to go to war in the first place. Anyone who understands the history of Iraq, knew the country would descend in to bloodshed.

Unfortunately for the prime minister his legacy will be Iraq and probably cash for peerages. His government promised so much, yet failed to deliver. It accused the tories of sleaze, but is sleaze ridden to the core. Tony Blair looks jaded and knows he is on the way out and the sooner he goes, the better.