//
you're reading...
Uncategorized

Blair’s Black Friday

How Tony Blair must wish he had stuck to that agreement with Gordon Brown and left office in 2004. He could at least have claimed success of a kind after the Iraqi elections, and then claim he’d laid the ground for Labour’s third election victory. But by hanging on and on, things got worse and worse. And last week, they reached rock bottom.
The sight of the Prime Minister scuttling off abroad after being interviewed by the police over cash for peerages, pausing only to take “full responsibility” for the abandoning of police investigations into the BAE slush fund, was deeply damaging. Spin doctors are supposed to bury bad news, not their leader.
It’s widely assumed in Westminster that the government carefully choreographed last week’s announcements so that the PM’s encounter with PC Plod and the dropping of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into the al Yamamah arms deals, would be eclipsed by the report into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Also buried was the controversial decision to expand Stanstead and Heathrow airports (to hell with the environment) plus the closure of 2,500 post offices.
Well, it certainly looked like news management out of the Alistair Campbell book of spin. He would have known that the papers would all splash pictures of Diana and Dodi on the Friday front pages – because they sell copies – rather than Tony Blair and the police, even though the Stevens inquiry confirmed what everyone already knew: that Diana’s death was a tragic accident accident.
But the real car crash was in Number Ten. I half thought it really might have all been coincidental, so damaging has been the concatenation of negative news events on Blair’s Black Friday. Any sensible spin-doctor would have advised the PM to avoid trying to bury quite so many pieces of bad news under the late Princess of Wales. Better too, for the PM to face the music, here in Britain, rather than disappear to Brussels and then the Middle East away from press and parliament.
The PM’s impromptu comments on cash-for-peerages, delivered from Brussels, sounded like those of a politician who had fled into exile. A kind of Downing Street Ronnie Biggs. The PM told the media that all those millionaires who had been secretly loaning him money were nominated for peerages, not because of charitable work or service to the community, but “party service”.
Really? The property developer, Sir David Garrard, a loyal and industrious Labour activist? Curry King Sir Gulam Noon, licking envelopes and canvassing in South London? Constituency delegate Dr Chai Patel speaking haltingly in favour of resolutions 46 and 32a at conference? Hardly.
Of course, these aren’t the only way in which you can work for the Labour Party, but it is kind of expected that you would show your face, or at least become a member. Or were these businessmen – had they been ennobled – really intending to enter parliament on behalf of the Labour Party? To take the whip and start taking on the workload of working peers? I don’t think so.
This was bad enough, but to combine cash-for-honours with cash-for-Saudi Princes must represent a new benchmark for inept media management. It looked as if the Prime Minister was defending the giving of bribes, for that is the issue at stake in the Al Yamamah arms deal, a £40 billion scam in which Mark Thatcher and the imprisoned Tory minister Jonathan Aitken had walk-on roles.
There is little doubt that British Aerospace, now BAE, was responsible for handing out tens of millions in “commissions” to Saudi intermediaries, such as the louche Prince Turki bin Nasser, a leading member of the Saudi Arabian ruling royal family. The BBC’s Money Programme revealed two years ago that BAE had been showing its gratitude by purchasing a £170, 000 Rolls Royce for Prince Turki’s wife’s birthday; a £200,000 wedding video for his daughter’s wedding; and a three month holiday for all the family costing BAE £2m.
Now, a lot of people in the commeercial world shake their heads and say: ‘well, that’s what you have to do to get the business’. Perhaps they are right, though the law says something rather different. The Serious Fraud Office spend two years investigating the scams, and intended to follow the money into the Swiss banking world. That was until the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, announced that it wouldn’t be in the national interest to do so. The fact that orders for 72 BAE Typhoon Eurofighter jets was about to go to the French had, of course, nothing to do with it.
According to Downing St. it was all about the security of Britain. We cannot afford to pursue the corrupt Saudi princes because it would antagonise an ally in the war against terrorism, and could place British interest in jeopardy. “The strategic interest comes first” according to the PM.
Well, if our national security is dependent on this corrupt and medieval monarchy then we are in a bad way, for they are the principle benefactors of the extreme Islamist Wahhabin sect which gave rise to Al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden and most of the 9/11 plane bombers were Saudi passport holders. Saudi money finances the madrassas that indoctrinate young Muslims across the Middle East.
But now the House of Saud is our rock in the fight against international terrorism. As for the safety of British interests, we also learned on Friday from the former top diplomat, Carne Ross, that the British government knew that the threat to British interests from Saddam Hussein’s WMD was hogwash. It led the former Tory Prime Minister, Sir John Major, to launch an assault on Tony Blair from the airwaves by demanding a proper independent inquiry.
For the leader who presided over the years of Tory sleaze to be giving Tony Blair a lecture in ethics might sound rich, and indeed, it was. However, Major can at least say he was never interviewed by police pursuing a fraud investigation, nor did he go to war on a false pretext in Iraq. The first Gulf War was all about expelling Saddam from Kuwait, which he had invaded in violation of international law.
Can Tony Blair recover from all this? Of course not. Everything the PM does now is doomed because of the collapse in his moral authority and personal credibility. That’s his lookout. The real question is whether there will be anything left of Labour for Gordon Brown to inherit.
Number Ten “rogue elements” made clear their intentions to deprive him of any moral dividend by briefing the Sunday Press that the Chancellor had been doing a bit of cash for honours himself, by pushing cronies Wilf Stevenson, head of the Smith Institute and Sir Ronald Cohen, of the Social Investment Task force. Mr Brown was incensed.
He rushed a statement not quite denying that he had pushed his pals, informally, in the direction of the Lords and insisting that he had known nothing about loans. Protesting too much? Perhaps – though neither of his protégés had actually made loans to Labour having chosen conventional donations.
But the affair shows that the Blairites, Peter Mandelson et al, are not going to let Brown walk into Number Ten over the PM’s body. They are out to get him. This is personal.

Advertisements

About iain2macwhirter

Writer and journalist.

Discussion

22 thoughts on “Blair’s Black Friday

  1. Just thought I’d say Hey!!!! We you the one who was asking me where I was working on the internet? Take it easy, I’m enjoying this California weather!!!! I just moved here from the east sooooo 🙂 I made an extra $2000 a Month Using this site!!

    Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2006, 7:59 am
  2. Just thought I’d say Hey!!!! We you the one who was asking me where I was working on the internet? Take it easy, I’m enjoying this California weather!!!! I just moved here from the east sooooo 🙂 I made an extra $2000 a Month Using this site!!

    Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2006, 10:12 am
  3. Like your site about cash.I’ve got a new site about cash.Please come check it out.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2007, 1:01 pm
  4. Interesting! viagra http://e-courses.cerritos.edu/ssmout/HED%20103/HED%20103/0000025e.htm?viagra [url=http://e-courses.cerritos.edu/ssmout/HED%20103/HED%20103/0000025e.htm?viagra]viagra[/url] cialis http://e-courses.cerritos.edu/ssmout/HED%20103/HED%20103/0000025d.htm?cialis [url=http://e-courses.cerritos.edu/ssmout/HED%20103/HED%20103/0000025d.htm?cialis]cialis[/url] soma http://e-courses.cerritos.edu/ssmout/HED%20103/HED%20103/0000025f.htm?soma [url=http://e-courses.cerritos.edu/ssmout/HED%20103/HED%20103/0000025f.htm?soma]soma[/url] Best Regards.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2007, 10:12 am
  5. Cool! prilosec http://courses.dsu.edu/ttla/_discTTLA/00000078.htm?prilosec [url=http://courses.dsu.edu/ttla/_discTTLA/00000078.htm?prilosec]prilosec[/url] levaquin http://courses.dsu.edu/ttla/_discTTLA/00000079.htm?levaquin [url=http://courses.dsu.edu/ttla/_discTTLA/00000079.htm?levaquin]levaquin[/url] fosamax http://courses.dsu.edu/ttla/_discTTLA/0000007a.htm?fosamax [url=http://courses.dsu.edu/ttla/_discTTLA/0000007a.htm?fosamax]fosamax[/url] G’night.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2007, 4:35 am
  6. Hello! prilosec http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/0000034f.htm?prilosec [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/0000034f.htm?prilosec]prilosec[/url] levaquin http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000350.htm?levaquin [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000350.htm?levaquin]levaquin[/url] fosamax http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000351.htm?fosamax [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000351.htm?fosamax]fosamax[/url] Thanks all.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2007, 8:37 pm
  7. Hello all! prozac http://psysoc.colstate.edu/_SocClubExecForum/000004e3.htm?prozac [url=http://psysoc.colstate.edu/_SocClubExecForum/000004e3.htm?prozac]prozac[/url] paxil http://psysoc.colstate.edu/_SocClubExecForum/000004e4.htm?paxil [url=http://psysoc.colstate.edu/_SocClubExecForum/000004e4.htm?paxil]paxil[/url] zoloft http://psysoc.colstate.edu/_SocClubExecForum/000004e5.htm?zoloft [url=http://psysoc.colstate.edu/_SocClubExecForum/000004e5.htm?zoloft]zoloft[/url] Best Regards.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2007, 2:09 am
  8. Hello! lipitor http://arnica.csustan.edu/evolution/_disc1/000001e4.htm?lipitor [url=http://arnica.csustan.edu/evolution/_disc1/000001e4.htm?lipitor]lipitor[/url] cipro http://arnica.csustan.edu/evolution/_disc1/000001e3.htm?cipro [url=http://arnica.csustan.edu/evolution/_disc1/000001e3.htm?cipro]ciprol[/url] testosterone http://arnica.csustan.edu/evolution/_disc1/000001e2.htm?testosterone [url=http://arnica.csustan.edu/evolution/_disc1/000001e2.htm?testosterone]testosterone[/url] Thanks.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2007, 8:46 pm
  9. Hello! phentermine http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000364.htm?phentermine [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000364.htm?phentermine]phentermine[/url] viagra http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000365.htm?viagra [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000365.htm?viagra]viagra[/url] zocor http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000366.htm?zoloft [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000366.htm?zoloft]zocor[/url] Bye.

    Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2007, 1:09 pm
  10. Hi all! phentermine http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000364.htm?phentermine [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000364.htm?phentermine]phentermine[/url] viagra http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000365.htm?viagra [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000365.htm?viagra]viagra[/url] zocor http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000366.htm?zoloft [url=http://www.csusm.edu/ScienceAndSociety/_LBST301-99/00000366.htm?zoloft]zocor[/url] Thanks all.

    Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2007, 12:10 pm
  11. I’m back prednisone http://viagra-store.info/00001001.htm?prednisone [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001001.htm?prednisone]prednisone[/url] augmentin http://viagra-store.info/00001002.htm?augmentin [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001002.htm?augmentin]augmentin[/url] levaquin http://viagra-store.info/00001003.htm?levaquin [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001003.htm?levaquin]levaquin[/url] prilosec http://viagra-store.info/00001004.htm?prilosec [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001004.htm?prilosec]prilosec[/url] Bye

    Posted by Anonymous | March 19, 2007, 5:54 am
  12. hi people,this is a simple test sorry sex video hhh

    Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2007, 1:30 pm
  13. Hi prednisone http://viagra-store.info/00001001.htm?prednisone [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001001.htm?prednisone]prednisone[/url] augmentin http://viagra-store.info/00001002.htm?augmentin [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001002.htm?augmentin]augmentin[/url] levaquin http://viagra-store.info/00001003.htm?levaquin [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001003.htm?levaquin]levaquin[/url] prilosec http://viagra-store.info/00001004.htm?prilosec [url=http://viagra-store.info/00001004.htm?prilosec]prilosec[/url] Best regards

    Posted by Anonymous | March 26, 2007, 12:53 am
  14. Hi levitra http://faculty.plattsburgh.edu/mark.beatham/_CIE2001F/000007ba.htm [url=http://faculty.plattsburgh.edu/mark.beatham/_CIE2001F/000007ba.htm]levitra[/url] order viagra http://www.costnet.com/_stock/000005c8.htm [url=http://www.costnet.com/_stock/000005c8.htm]order viagra[/url] buy viagra http://department.monm.edu/uptildawn/forum/0000210a.htm [url=http://department.monm.edu/uptildawn/forum/0000210a.htm]buy viagra[/url] viagra online http://unixfp.iglou.com/yamin/_2005YAConfdisc/00002ad2.htm [url=http://unixfp.iglou.com/yamin/_2005YAConfdisc/00002ad2.htm]viagra online[/url] Best wihes

    Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2007, 1:57 am
  15. matureandyoung.com camelclips.com amateur asian sex video hardcore teen video fishmpegs.com big home sex video home made sex video voyeur

    Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2007, 5:53 am
  16. teenage hardcore teen teen tgp body teen orgasm teen free sex teen free teen porn trixie teen ashley brookes like smell spirit teen for horoscope teen lingerie teen blonde teen teen tight chat free room teen

    Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2007, 3:02 pm
  17. Gia Paloma Cris Taliana Mika Tan Jessica Fiorentino Renee Pornero Amy Lee Addison Rose Poppy Morgan Isabel Ice Nadia Sinn Chanel Chavez Anastasia Christ Courtney Simpson Anna Nova Nadia Sinn

    Posted by Anonymous | April 4, 2007, 6:13 pm
  18. [url=http://non-so-so-young-com.blogspot.com/]Great Ebony Hardcore Action With Truly Hot Pornstar Shari[/url] [url=http://nol-wowvids-com.blogspot.com/]Busty Amateur Whore Takes On A Monster Cock[/url] [url=http://rex-teenboat-com.blogspot.com/]Young Sexy Amateur Jerks And Blows Old Dick[/url] [url=http://len-rawpussy-com.blogspot.com/]A Real Hot Amateur Couple Is Fucking On Cameria[/url] [url=http://tez-teenybopperclub-com.blogspot.com/]Katja Kassin Analized And Face Jizz[/url] [url=http://gox-xasses-com.blogspot.com/]Blonde teen with big boobs[/url] [url=http://rid-watchersweb-com.blogspot.com/]Cute Asian Teen Babe Posing Nude And Playing With Sex Toy[/url] [url=http://dun-teentiger-com.blogspot.com/]This Hot Asian Chick Gets Stripped And Fucked[/url] [url=http://zoq-pornstarvid-com.blogspot.com/]Young Teen Shaved Action In Bedroom[/url] [url=http://jik-pumpthatass-com.blogspot.com/]Carla strips dungaree minidress to show her bikini[/url] [url=http://wip-tiny18-net.blogspot.com/]tiny18.net[/url] [url=http://vud-vipcrew-com.blogspot.com/]vipcrew.com[/url] [url=http://duk-pleasebangmywife-com.blogspot.com/]pleasebangmywife.com[/url] [url=http://z ik-porndirectory-com.blogspot.com/]porndirectory[/url] [url=http://bis-teeniemovies-com.blogspot.com/]teeniemovies[/url] [url=http://huw-pornno-com.blogspot.com/]pornno[/url] [url=http://woq-trannysurprise-com.blogspot.com/]trannysurprise.com[/url] [url=http://zed-starcelebs-com.blogspot.com/]starcelebs[/url] [url=http://bov-smut-house-com.blogspot.com/]smut-house.com[/url] [url=http://xeh-xmoma-com.blogspot.com/]xmoma[/url] [url=http://kip-wanadoo-fr.blogspot.com/]wanadoo[/url] [url=http://xun-screwedupmovies-com.blogspot.com/]screwedupmovies[/url] [url=http://woq-trannysurprise-com.blogspot.com/]trannysurprise[/url] [url=http://foj-sexape-com.blogspot.com/]sexape[/url] [url=http://bof-xxxvogue-net.blogspot.com/]xxxvogue[/url] [url=http://feq-tugjobs-com.blogspot.com/]tugjobs[/url] [url=http://gor-richards-realm-com.blogspot.com/]richards-realm.com[/url] [url=http://tuz-virginfucked-com.blogspot.com/]virginfucked.com[/url] [url=http://heb-xxxproposal-com.blogspot.com/]xxxproposal.com[/url] [url=http://woq-tr annysurprise-com.blogspot.com/]trannysurprise.com[/url]

    Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2007, 4:41 pm
  19. [url=http://frees–assparade-com.blogspot.com/]Sweet Amateur Slut Sucks And Is Hard Pussy Reamed By Thick Cock[/url] [url=http://frees–boneme-com.blogspot.com/]Amateur Sticks Her Firm Tight Ass In The Air[/url] [url=http://frees–ilove-movies-com.blogspot.com/]Adorable Pale Busty Teen Chick Deep Fucked And Sucking In 4some[/url] [url=http://frees–bigassadventure-com.blogspot.com/]Black Boots Amateur[/url] [url=http://frees–cheatwife-com.blogspot.com/]Angel Crystal Sucks While Anal[/url] [url=http://frees–boneme-com.blogspot.com/]An Adorable Blonde Teen Gets Fucked And Facialed[/url] [url=http://frees–8thstreetlatinas-com.blogspot.com/]Angelina Crow All Entrances Stuffed[/url] [url=http://frees–bravovids-com.blogspot.com/]Big Breast Milf Angelina Sucks Cock[/url] [url=http://frees–dailybasis-com.blogspot.com/]dailybasis-com[/url] [url=http://frees–hairydivas-com.blogspot.com/]hairydivas-com[/url] [url=http://frees–18to19-com.blogspot.com/]18to19-com[/url] [url=http://frees–bustyadventures-com.blogspot.com/]bustyadventures-com[/url] [url=http://frees–dansmovies-com.blogspot.com/]dansmovies-com[/url] [url=http://frees–finalteens-com.blogspot.com/]finalteens-com[/url] [url=http://frees–clubseventeen-com.blogspot.com/]clubseventeen-com[/url] [url=http://frees–cindymovies-com.blogspot.com/]cindymovies-com[/url] [url=http://frees–ibizababes-com.blogspot.com/]ibizababes-com[/url] [url=http://frees–greentits-com.blogspot.com/]greentits-com[/url] [url=http://frees–freeheaven-com.blogspot.com/]freeheaven-com[/url] [url=http://frees–atkmodels-com.blogspot.com/]atkmodels-com[/url] [url=http://frees–alexmovies-com.blogspot.com/]alexmovies-com[/url] [url=http://frees–cliphunter-com.blogspot.com/]cliphunter-com[/url] [url=http://frees- -hornyduck-com.blogspot.com/]hornyduck-com[/url]

    Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2007, 4:46 am
  20. [url=http://frees–soft17-com.blogspot.com/]Blonde Amateur Masturbating Pussy[/url] [url=http://frees–porndirectory-com.blogspot.com/]Ball And Ass Licking Adorable Teen Gets Nailed Anally[/url] [url=http://frees–searchgals-com.blogspot.com/]Busty American Girl[/url] [url=http://frees–nexxx-com.blogspot.com/]Adorable Chick Gets Double Penetrated Outdoors By Hard Dicks[/url] [url=http://frees–moviegalleries-com.blogspot.com/]Pretty American Shemale Getting Hard Dicks In Hole Anus[/url] [url=http://frees–sublimepie-com.blogspot.com/]Hot Asian Japanese Bikini Babe Getting Fucked[/url] [url=http://frees–matureandyoung-com.blogspot.com/]This Hot Asian Chick Gets Stripped And Fucked[/url] [url=http://frees–so-so-young-com.blogspot.com/]Eve Angel Adorable Babe Teasing In Green Lingerie[/url] [url=http://frees–nastyalien-com.blogspot.com/]nastyalien-com[/url] [url=http://frees–movietitan-com.blogspot.com/]movietitan-com[/url] [url=http://frees–teeniefiles-com.blogspot.com/]teeniefiles-com[/url] [url=http://frees–xmoma-com.blogspot.com/]xmoma-com[/url] [url=http://frees–shesexy-com.blogspot.com/]shesexy-com[/url] [url=http://frees–pleasebangmywife-com.blogspot.com/]pleasebangmywife-com[/url] [url=http://frees–xmoma-com.blogspot.com/]xmoma-com[/url] [url=http://frees–teentiger-com.blogspot.com/]teentiger-com[/url] [url=http://frees–virginfucked-com.blogspot.com/]virginfucked-com[/url] [url=http://frees–xmoma-com.blogspot.com/]xmoma-com[/ur l] [url=http://frees–pichunter-com.blogspot.com/]pichunter-com[/url] [url=http://frees–naughty-com.blogspot.com/]naughty-com[/url] [url=http://frees–shemp-com.blogspot.com/]shemp-com[/url] [url=http://frees–movietitan-com.blogspot.com/]movietitan-com[/url] [url=http://frees–maturedaily-net.blogspot.com/]maturedaily-net[/url] [url=http://frees–sologals-com.blogspot.com/]sologals-com[/url] [url=http://frees–thumbzilla-com.blogspot.com/]thumbzilla-com[/url] [url=http://frees–stickyhole-com.blogspot.com/]stickyhole-com[/url] [url=http://frees–onlyteenstgp-com.blogspot.com/]onlyteenstgp-com[/url] [url=http://frees–wolflist-com.blogspot.com/]wolflist-com[/url]

    Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2007, 5:57 am

Twitter Updates

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 46,426 other followers

Follow Iain Macwhirter on WordPress.com

Archives

Social

%d bloggers like this: