Blair was on R4 today having a quick spin through his life and works. Amusingly introduced as a Prime Minister who had ‘energetic policies at home and abroad’. We got little new…except one pro-Brexit ‘bombshell’…ignored by the BBC of course…..
A ‘powerful media destroyed Kinnock’…hmm…no, he was a useless windbag. This apparently was one thing that encouraged Blair to keep an iron grip on his party and its utterances because of the feral Press…never mind he had most of the feral Press in his pocket….the Sun and the Times were absolutely on board for all his reign…and only the Iraq War came between the BBC and Blair bromance.
Blair tells us that when he invaded Iraq he hadn’t realised that Iran might poke their nose in or that Al Qaeda might get involved…..have to say if that were true it would be astonishing. Any fool would know Iran would be stirring the pot and that Al Qaeda had already expressed an interest in toppling Saddam themselves [when they were rebuffed in this venture by the Saudis back in the 1990’s Bin Laden then turned his ire on the Americans]…and they knew AQ had toppled the Twin Towers in order to get the US involved in a war…so pretty well impossible not to know these two players were going to want to join in.
Blair says it was a ‘gap of understanding’…the same dumb ‘gap of understanding’ that the supposedly brilliant financial wizard, Gordon Brown, had when he admitted, after deregulating all the banks, that he hadn’t realised how interconnected and complex the banking system was as it crashed all around him. Beyond belief.
Blair then comes up with the real point of this post…his comments on the Euro. He admits that the EU is a political project but one that expresses itself in economic outcomes and that he was really quite sceptical about joining the Euro [lol].
The astonishing admission [especially in light of his recent pro-EU propaganda] is that he wouldn’t want to join the Euro if the economics weren’t right…that would be dangerous…the economics weren’t right when he was PM and they aren’t right now. The problem, as we all know, is that with so many countries in the club they all have different speed economies that just don’t match and don’t join up, there is no convergence. This is dangerous.
So joining the Euro, the EU, would be dangerous. You might think such a huge and significant point would be headline news on the BBC considering the importance and controversial nature of Brexit and that so many Remainers clearly need some reassurance that leaving the EU is a good thing. The BBC certainly gave Blair lots of airtime, indeed the headline story on the web, when he made his recent statement on behalf of the EU. No such headlines, or any mention at all so far, about his very negative comment about the worth of the EU.
The BBC likes to concentrate on the economics of Brexit even though that wasn’t the point of the vote, but when the real costs of being in the EU are highlighted they suddenly go mute. Following news bulletins after the interview programme quoted some of Blair’s words but missed the most significant. Wonder why.