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The Chilcot Inquiry Sinks into the Sand

  • November 15, 2013
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In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ignorance for his criticisms of the democratic system and the limitations of the right to vote.

This week however, the British public were presented with further evidence of how hollowed-out the democratic process has become, when the Chilcot Inquiry revealed...

Once More Into the Abyss, Chaps

  • June 26, 2013
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Whenever the Quartet”s “Peace Envoy” Tony Blair makes any pronouncement on the great issues in the Middle East, you can always guarantee that the missile silos are being readied for action.  Last week Blair took time out from his unctuous tribute to Shimon Peres to call for the establishment of no-fly zones over Syria in...

Eddy Mair takes Boris Johnson to the cleaners

  • March 25, 2013
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Watching Eddy Mair’s brilliant unravelling of Boris Johnson is a hugely enjoyable experience, for those of us who believe that beneath his cheeky chappie veneer, lurks a hollow Tory flim flam man on the make.    In a few deft minutes of questioning, Mair delivered a series of killer blows to the tousled-haired...

Tony Blair: when ignorance is bliss

  • March 12, 2013
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Every time I write about Tony Blair, I tell myself that it will be the last time.   But then I find myself coming back, time and again, like a dog to its vomit.     It isn’t because Blair is so interesting in himself.   On the contrary, the more he appears in the...

Waiting for Chilcot

  • January 02, 2013
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I can’t say I ever expected a great deal from the Inquiry into the ‘lessons that can be learned’ from the Iraq conflict, which  Gordon Brown reluctantly established in 2009.   The British elite does not generally indict itself, and a committee whose members included a former foreign policy adviser to Tony Blair...

The Archbishop Removes the Emperors’ Clothes

  • September 03, 2012
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I’ve often wondered why it is that so many countries and institutions are prepared to pay so much money to hear Tony Blair’s observations on ‘faith’, ‘leadership’, ‘globalization’ and other subjects.

They clearly aren’t paying for insight or profundity, since Blair’s analyses of 21st century events, both in and out of office, are often strikingly superficial,...

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