I write about why Tony Blair and Gordon Brown might not have been invited to the royal wedding in The Independent on Sunday today.
The wedding was quite interesting, and I am all for street parties, but I thought the refusal to invite Tony Blair and Gordon Brown was a spiteful act by an institution that cannot forgive Blair for having rescued it after the death of Diana in 1997.
A cardinal rule of Britain’s unwritten constitutions is that the royals stay out of party politics. By class, upbringing, wealth and lifestyle they are not on the left. The Prince’s Trust would fit comfortably into the Blue Labour ideas of faith, flag and country and his work is pure Big Society. By contrast, Prince Charles’ [...]
Here is a Question to Which the Answer Was No from the Sunday before last. It doesn’t count, because it is from the Sunday Express, and the series was originally confined to questions in headlines in newspapers, which did not, in my taxonomy, include the Express or the Sunday Express.
However, it is worth recalling in [...]
Tony Blair at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington yesterday was an unapologetic interventionist in Libya. “Let’s assume we get Gaddafi out,” he said, blithely. “We’re going to have to help build those [civil institutions]; we need to be players not spectators.”
Tony Blair, interviewed in Denmark, gives his clear view on the situation in Libya for the first time (in one short interview with The Times, pay wall, he spoke only of his phone calls to Colonel Gaddafi).
I do not actually know the answer to this question, posed by Sunder Katwala on the basis of a line in a Benedict Brogan post, so it does not yet qualify as number 517 in my “illuminating“ series.
Katwala does a brilliant job of tracing Blair’s pretended interest in AV Plus, or AV Top-Up, the compromise system [...]
Stan Rosenthal, who forced the BBC Trust to admit, three months after the event, that Jeremy Paxman was guilty of bias and in breach of the BBC Charter requirement of impartiality, has complained about his presenting of Newsnight last night.
Paxman opened an interview with Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary (8′45″ in), by asking: “Are you [...]
In his latest column for the New Statesman, Mehdi Hassan argues that we can’t only blame Tony Blair for the Iraq war, which has led to the death of a million people, and four million more being forced from their homes. We also have to pin responsibility on the much wider circle of people who supported the war – including those in the media, like me, who he mentions by name. I think he’s right, and it’s an important article to link to and reflect on.
Why did Blair choose to regard Iraq as the most pressing security threat facing the world in 2003, more dangerous than the likes of North Korea, Libya, Iran etc? Unlike the members of the Project for a New American Century, Blair had exhibited no obsession with Iraq before.
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