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105,146. 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 favor 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
105,147. 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
105,148. 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
105,149. Torture, encouraged from above, became a fact of life [in Iraq]. Perhaps some good liberal apologist for Blair will soon explain how democratic torture is much nicer than authoritarian torture. (Blair & Torture) Tariq Ali, The Guardian 26th March 2005
105,150. 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
105,151. 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 to war so dishonestly. (Blair & Lies) Michael Meacher, The Guardian 1st December 2006
105,152. 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
105,153. 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. (Blair & Insults) Zbigniew Brzezinski, 13th January 2012
105,154. Like anyone else who knows anything about the Middle East, you just pray that this man [Tony Blair] will shut the fuck up. (Blair & Middle East) William Dalrymple, June 2014
49,606. 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. (Socialism & Labour Party & Blair & Left Wing) Paul Foot, The Labour Left’s Brightest Star, March 1980
49,783. What does it prove? It proves that Tony Blair and his timeservers at Millbank have nothing but contempt, not just for the Labour movement – that has been obvious for some time – but for the whole system of representation and selection in that movement. He much prefers to have an ex-Tory millionaire in parliament than to allow the ordinary process of Labour local selection to take its course. Blair believes, moreover, that the Parliamentary Labour Party is his own fiefdom and that he can and must choose the right sort of people to sit under him in parliament. It is not simply that he wants an MP for St Helens who will vote for him in the lobbies. He wants an MP for St Helens who by his past record, his wealth, his photogenic wife and children, his stately home and everything else about him, will fit the image of New Labour – the image of the smooth talking plutocrat who represents patronage, privilege and undemocratic power. (Democracy & Labour Party & Blair) Paul Foot, Election: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?
78,402. Those who seriously believe we cannot improve on words written for the world of 1918 when we are now in 1995 are not learning from our history but living it. (Labour & Blair) Tony Blair, on proposed revision of Clause IV
31,613. A new dawn has broken has it not. (Great Britain & England) Tony Blair
31,614. I feel the hand of History upon our shoulders. (Great Britain & England & Blair) Tony Blair
31,632. We will confront the tyranny and dictatorships and terrorists who put our way of life at risk. (Great Britain & England & Terrorism & War on Terror & Blair) Tony Blair
33,156. That he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons which could be activated within forty-five minutes. (Iraq & Bio-Chemical Weapons & Blair) Tony Blair, address to Parliament
33,157. We know that he has stockpiles of major amounts of chemical and biological weapons. (Iraq & Bio-Chemical Weapons & Blair) Tony Blair 4th April 2002
33,158. There are no decisions that have been taken about military action. (Iraq & Action) Tony Blair 16th July 2002
33,159. What is important is that whatever action we take, should we take action, is in accordance with international law. (Iraq & Action & Blair) Tony Blair 25th July 2002