Blair Bonkers?

The Guardian’s Steve Bell knew it a long time ago:

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But others feel the same:

STEPHEN GLOVER: Forgive me if this is in poor taste but I really DO question Tony Blair’s sanity

More than a year before the invasion of Iraq, I suggested in these pages that there were good reasons to be worried about Tony Blair’s mental health.

Those were the days when most people revered him, and mine was not a popular view.

The argument was that the then PM had a fatal tendency to melodramatise events and to exaggerate dangers.

He loved to talk in apocalyptic terms about world problems, and was at that time — I am talking of January 2002 — going around the world trying to work up people’s fears.

And:

Adding to the notion of Mr Blair being a very egotistical leader, Mr Harris declared his shock at Mr Blair’s view of himself and also how much he has disintegrated mentally.

The 59-year-old said: “He had a very personal messianic view of politics. As things went wrong he developed a kind of messianic strategy that really almost reached full flowering with the publication of the Chilcot Report.

“It was like Christ nailed to the cross.

“You can never be sure where the public performance ends and the man begins – he was playing Christ on the cross.

He added: “He’s morphed into a figure that’s not quite of this world.

“He said all prime ministers go mad in the end but none have gone quite as strange as Tony Blair.”

More here from a professor of criminology.

Of course, one of his last (and maddest) acts as Prime Minister was to shepherd the UK public smoking ban through Parliament. It came into force three days after he left office. I sometimes wonder if he wanted to shuffle off any blame for that particular atrocity onto his successor.

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13 Responses to Blair Bonkers?

  1. Pat Nurse says:

    At the time they were banging on about war and WMDs, the Govt was pushing the anti-smoker ads, such as the fish hook and smoking baby. I said then that if Blair’s Govt could lie about WMD, and we all knew he was lying or stupidly mistaken, then he could also lie about the harms of passive smoking too.

    Everyone knew then and knows now the scam of SHS is a lie but they can’t be bothered to speak up because why should they. They don’t smoke or don’t care. But I still believe in the name of fairness and fair play for the highest tax paying consumers in this country, something must be done about ensuring they enjoy the same social rights as other groups in this new “equal” and “tolerant” country they keep banging on about.

    Will this new political order do anything to redress the balance and end the persecution of smokers as the new landscape settles post Brexit and party leadership contests?

    It would be nice to think that there are some decent politicians out there who don’t just think that if we start vaping then all be well. It would be very nice if they also spoke up for the 20% of their constituents who are happy smokers who don’t want to quit.

    • waltc says:

      I doubt it (alas). It’s not as tho the belief in lethal shs is confined to some political or academic elite; they’ve now convinced too wide a swath of the public, and embodied it into too many laws so it’s now Common Knowledge, the hardest kind of knowledge to undo. It would take a very large and widely respected group of scientists to begin to unwind it and as many years of propaganda to publicize its falsehood as it took to create the myth. And even then, no one–neither Expert or John Q Public– likes to admit they were wrong, let alone that they committed wrongs against others. Too hard on the ego.

      • Pat Nurse says:

        Believe it not, the fact remains that smoker’s and anti smokers do not have to mix together. Both could be accommodated if we had choice and if we were allowed to invest in such things as progressive technology such as high quality ventilation. The govt created and fostered smokerphobia in people with small minds. It is a mental illness that needs to be recognised before more harm is caused to the sufferer and those they fear simply because of who they are and what they do. I wish we didn’t have to pander to the mentally ill phobics but that’s what Bliar brought upon us and one main reason why the working classes abandoned Labour in their millions to vote smoker friendly Ukip

  2. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Richard Feynman referenced in a comment in the Glover article :D

  3. waltc says:

    A lot of pols are mad apocalyptos . Al Gore tells us that he got this epiphany about global warming as The End of the World while he was spending weeks at the bedside of his (comatose?) son who’d been in .. I think it was a car accident, and then and there became motivated to save the world from itself. The old psych major in me says this was compensatory messianic madness. Wanting desperately to save his son, though powerless to do so by any personal act, he projected that out . It was not just his son, but the planet that might die and he at least could save THAT by sounding the alarm. A spasm of superstitious magical thinking, a deluded wish for Supernatural Power and Divine Purpose And for all the other subsequent pols and academics with a messianic and apocalyptic bent born of some psychological glitch, (or resulting from a handsome federal grant ) it’s still a good meme. But to me, they’re all wild-eyed scraggly-bearded men, holding up signs that read “Repent! The end is Near!” while standing on boxes in Union Square — or, for you, Hyde Park

  4. Bemused says:

    Blair, then, as today (recall his recent call to arms to destroy Syria), and during his employment s middle easy envoy is determined to have the Middle East in flames. Sometimes I wonder if he is a believer in the End Times and believes he is the harbinger of Armageddon.
    He is without doubt insane with the blood of millions on his hands.

  5. Rose says:

    Of course, one of his last (and maddest) acts as Prime Minister was to shepherd the UK public smoking ban through Parliament

    It seemed to me that Tony Blair always felt that only being Prime Minister of Great Britain was somehow too small and it’s inhabitants too disappointingly British for his grand vision.

    Cafe culture call for UK towns
    1 August, 2003,

    “The UK’s towns and cities need a continental-style cafe culture during the evening and fewer pubs, a group of MPs has said.
    A parliamentary committee said the proportion of drinking venues in town centres was too high”
    http: //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3115485.stm

    Labour wanted mass immigration to make UK more multicultural, says former adviser
    2009

    “Labour threw open Britain’s borders to mass immigration to help socially engineer a “truly multicultural” country, a former Government adviser has revealed.”
    “The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”, according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett.

    He said Labour’s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but that ministers were nervous and reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working class vote”.
    As a result, the public argument for immigration concentrated instead on the economic benefits and need for more migrants.
    Mr Neather was a speech writer who worked in Downing Street for Tony Blair and in the Home Office for Jack Straw and David Blunkett, in the early 2000s.”

    “But he acknowledged that “nervous” ministers made no mention of the policy at the time for fear of alienating Labour voters.

    “Part by accident, part by design, the Government had created its longed-for immigration boom.

    “But ministers wouldn’t talk about it. In part they probably realised the conservatism of their core voters: while ministers might have been passionately in favour of a more diverse society, it wasn’t necessarily a debate they wanted to have in working men’s clubs in Sheffield or Sunderland.”

    Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch think tank, said: “Now at least the truth is out, and it’s dynamite.
    “Many have long suspected that mass immigration under Labour was not just a cock up but also a conspiracy. They were right.

    “This Government has admitted three million immigrants for cynical political reasons concealed by dodgy economic camouflage.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/6418456/Labour-wanted-mass-immigration-to-make-UK-more-multicultural-says-former-adviser.html

    Labour ‘sent out search parties for immigrants’, Lord Mandelson admits
    14 May 2013

    ” The former Cabinet minister confirmed for the first time that New Labour not only welcomed but actively encouraged that mass influx of migrants.
    He conceded that this now poses a major difficulty for the party’s traditional supporters, according to the Daily Mail.

    Earlier this year Ed Miliband admitted that the last Labour government was not “sufficiently alive to people’s concerns” over immigration and his party got “the numbers wrong”.
    But the party leader stopped short of admitting that immigration was too high.

    Between 1997 and 2010, more than 2.2 million immigrants came to the country – more than twice the population of Birmingham – with the annual net figure quadrupling during their time in office.

    “Lord Mandelson admitted: “In 2004 when as a Labour government, we were not only welcoming people to come into this country to work, we were sending out search parties for people and encouraging them, in some cases, to take up work in this country.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/10055613/Labour-sent-out-search-parties-for-immigrants-Lord-Mandelson-admits.html

    Yes, attempting to redesign an entire country and the makeup of it’s inhabitants, would be the act of a madman.

    • waltc says:

      Over here there’s a move to “diversify” and homogenous neighborhoods. I think it’s HUD (Housing and urban development) that’s being charged with making sure that minorities get moved into predominently white areas, suburbs, and low income housing projects are built in upper class areas. I read somewhere that the pilot program for this lead to crime waves in formerly peaceful places but they blindly plan to roll it out nationally. Seems to me to violate the constitutional idea of freedom of association but …who cares?

  6. Rose says:

    Tony Blair thought he was the MESSIAH and often wore MAKE-UP, ex-PM’s former friend claims

    “TONY Blair believed he was a god-like figure who has arguably lost his mind, a former close friend of the ex-Prime Minister has said. ”
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/687466/Tony-Blair-Chilcot-Report-Iraq-War-Prime-minister-British-politics-Messiah-God-make-up

    He did indeed wear make up on occasion.

    The Ecclestone Affair: Labour’s first funding scandal
    2008

    “In January 1997 Mr Ecclestone, the Formula One chief, donated £1million to Labour – a donation only made public in early November after the government had announced F1 would be exempt from a ban on tobacco advertising which was a key plank of the party’s election manifesto. Mr Ecclestone lobbied for the exemption at a meeting at Number 10 with Mr Blair on 16 October.

    In the political and media storm that followed, Mr Blair and the government repeatedly downplayed the link between the donation and the decision to exempt Formula 1. The crisis only abated when the former prime minister used an interview with John Humphrys on BBC 1’s “On The Record” to apologise for the government’s handling of the issue.

    Wearing too much make up and sweating under powerful TV lights Mr Blair resembled, according to one contemporary observer, a “pantomime dame” as he insisted he was a “pretty straight sort of guy,” a phrase which was to come to haunt him down the years.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/3179722/The-Ecclestone-Affair-Labours-first-funding-scandal.html

  7. smokingscot says:

    Before it vanishes. An old (2012) article on MP’s who bared their souls about their mental health problems. Included in that number was a little known Andrea Leadsom MP.

    http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/news/mps-talk-first-time-about-their-mental-health-problems

    Now she couldn’t possibly be the one who thinks that having two children somehow makes her a far better candidate for Prime Minister than one who doesn’t!

    (If she does get the top job, can someone please arrange a camera and mike at the first meeting she has with Ms. Sturgeon).

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