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He’s done more damage than Thatcher. Bob Hoskins, 2011
Blair’s Biggest Secret: How far has the ancient Illuminati secret society network penetrated world politics? If you read the many books published about conspiracies, then you will learn that many leading authors have alleged that British Prime Minister Tony Blair is a high ranking Freemason. Mr Blair is a Queen’s Counsel barrister, a profession which has its roots in the Temple Bar built in London by the Knights Templar secret society in the 12th century. According to many authors, Tony Blair follows the tradition of Masonic membership amongst large numbers of barristers and judges. Mr Blair is allegedly a member of the 1591 Studholme Masonic Lodge, which meets among other places at the Cafe de Paris in London. Chris Everard, Illuminati I
Many researchers claim British Prime Minister Tony Blair is a high ranking thirty-third degree Freemason. This is this highest rank of Mason and this elite cabal of British freemasonry has its own headquarters at Number 10 Duke Street which some claim is connected to Number 10 Downing Street via a secret underground tunnel. Inside the Duke Street Headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree there is a Red Room, a Black Room and a Chamber of Death which Masons use for macabre rituals based on ancient Jewish mysticism and Enochian Magic. Once initiated in the 33rd Degree, Masons are told they are superior beings, and the human population is referred to as being profane goyen which means cattle. If Tony Blair is indeed a 33rd Degree Freemason then he is following in the footsteps of previous prime ministers who have all been members of either freemasonry, the Knights Templar, or the Round Table which was started by Sir Cecil Rhodes following his economic conquest of Zimbabwe during the nineteenth century. Winston Churchill was also a 33rd Degree Freemason initiated into the Studholme Lodge at the headquarters of the 33rd Degree in May 1901. ibid.
Don’t be shameless, Mr Blair. Don’t be immoral, Mr Blair. You are one of those who have no morals. You are not one who has the right to criticize anyone about the rules of the international community. You are an imperialist pawn who attempts to curry favour with Danger Bush-Hitler, the number one mass murderer and assassin there is on the planet. Go straight to hell, Mr Blair. Hugo Chavez, February 2006
I believe Tony Blair is an out-and-out rascal, terminally untrustworthy and close to being unhinged. I said from the start that there was something wrong in his head, and each passing year convinces me more strongly that this man is a pathological confidence-trickster. To the extent that he even believes what he says, he is delusional. To the extent that he does not, he is an actor whose first invention – himself – has been his only interesting role. Matthew Parris, The Times 18th March 2006
I view him as the kind of air guitarist of political rhetoric. I don’t think he’s debased political debate because he lies, I actually sadly think he believes a lot of what he says, that’s what’s so depressing about it, for people who stand outside of politics. So my rather bizarre viewpoint – should he go? – it feels like he left a long time ago, leaving this Tony Blair-shaped hole that carries on talking. Will Self, 29th September 2006
Torture, encouraged from above, became a fact of life [Iraq]. Perhaps some good liberal apologist for Blair will soon explain how democratic torture is much nicer than authoritarian torture. Tariq Ali, The Guardian 26th March 2005
A second-rate actor, he turned out to be a crafty and avaricious politician, but without much substance; bereft of ideas he eagerly grasped and tried to improve upon the legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Tariq Ali, Counterpunch 10th May 2007
There was bafflement and anger about the nature of Tony Blair’s relationship [with George Bush]. Neil Kinnock
Patriotism was a big theme of Blair’s 1997 Labour election victory celebration. Max Hastings, The Falklands Legacy, BBC 2012
Revealed: Blair’s Secret Calls to Gaddafi. Independent on Sunday headline February 2011
Dear Person of Faith: Basically, I write as fundraiser for the wonderful new Tony Blair Foundation whose aim is to promote respect and understanding about the world’s major religions, and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world. Tony Blair Faith Foundation, cited Professor Richard Dawkins
We have established Face to Faith, an inter-faith schools programme to counter intolerance and extremism. ibid.
Like millions of others, I now bitterly resent that a prime minister [Tony Blair] could use such a farrago of lies and manipulation to deceive us and to take the nation into war so dishonestly. Michael Meacher, The Guardian 1st December 2006
The righteous will evidently never tire of the pelting and taunting of Tony Blair, and perhaps those like him who choose to join the Roman choir of extreme unctuousness must expect their meed of abuse. But I cannot forget the figures of Slobodan Milošević, Charles Taylor and Saddam Hussein, who made terrified fiefdoms out of their own people and mounds of corpses on the territory of their neighbours. I was glad to see each of these monsters brought to trial, and think the achievement should (and one day will) form part of the battlehonours of British Labour. Many of the triumphant pelters and taunters would have left the dictators and aggressors in place: they too will have their place in history. Christopher Hitchens, 5th September 2010
A lightweight. I don’t like his political morals and how he’s been enriching himself since leaving office. He preaches high moral language but … I have a visceral contempt for Blair. Not dislike. Just contempt. Zbigniew Brzezinski, 13th January 2012
Like anyone else who knows anything about the Middle East, you just pray that this man [Tony Blair] will shut the fuck up. William Dalrymple, June 2014
Rich and powerful people have always cherished their bogeymen. They like to reduce what Marx and Engels called ‘the spectre of communism’ to human shape: to a personality who can be pilloried in their Press and patronised at their table. For the unfortunates who get singled out for this honour, life is hard. The assailants are well-practised in the art of character assassination and blackmail. Every public statement of their prey, however harmless, can rapidly be translated into the language of someone who rapes nuns on Fridays and nationalises a bank every day before breakfast.
Tony Benn has played the role of chief bogeyman for the rich men of Britain for a good time now. He has been treated perhaps more shamefully even then his predecessors in the Parliamentary Labour Left, men like John Wheatley. George Lansbury and Aneurin Bevan. In the past year, the abuse has risen to a crescendo, deafening even his most tenacious attempts to argue back. Yet its effect is not all as intended. For as the society splits wider apart, so the abuse from the halls of the powerful boosts their bogeyman’s radical and socialist credentials ...
It is worth saying at once that Tony Benn’s credentials for Chief Bogeyman of the Tories are a little difficult to understand. For eleven out of the last fifteen years he has been a loyal and for the most part silent member of a Labour government which has systematically torn up the pledges on which it was elected. Paul Foot, article March 1980, ‘The Labour Left’s Brightest Star’
On the other hand, almost the first act of the New Labour government was to erase from its programme one of the few outright commitments in it – to ban tobacco advertising. Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One motor racing billionaire, objected to the ban for the very good reason that by far the biggest beneficiary of tobacco advertising was Formula One motor racing. Ecclestone was a Tory. Why should such a brash tycoon have any influence on a Labour government? Answer – he had given £1 million to the Labour Party. A meeting was held in Downing Street and the outcome was obvious. It was plainly grotesque to continue with a policy that would damage so bountiful a benefactor. The policy was ‘revised’. Tobacco advertising on Formula One cars was permitted. Then someone accused the prime minister of corruption, so the Labour Party gave the money back to the millionaire. Its policy had changed for nothing. Paul Foot, article ‘Corruption: Dirty Business’