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    Is Blair on his last legs?


    by Leon
    6th September, 2006 at 2:36 pm    

    Much has already been made of Blair’s current problems but today it got a little more serious. A number of MPs have resigned their positions as Parliamentary Private Secretaries in a move to force Blair out (it seems). Will it work? Will he survive until conference in a few weeks or are his allies’ right that he‘ll leave in a blaze of glory next year?

    News Now has a feed titled ‘Blair Exit’, the question is barely how but more when?

    Update: You can read the resignation letters and Blair’s reply here. Cameron rubs his hands with glee. Martin Kettle is convinced this is a Brownite coup and Dizzy thinks he’s cracked a new angle.


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    1. Al Hack — on 6th September, 2006 at 2:46 pm  

      Khalid Mahmood stands up to Tony Blair shock.
      http://politics.guardian.co.uk/labourleadership/story/0,,1865848,00.html

    2. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:01 pm  

      The Blair’s Bitch Project: A think-tank made up of Blair’s last remaining cronies waiting to find a point in time when the PM can have a high that he can depart on. May is obviously the first time they can imagine such a high, so we can only guess what will happen then. Maybe Saddam will be hanged or guantanamo bay will close down, I dunno. I’m guessing Max Clifford probably has the best idea

    3. Jagdeep — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:03 pm  

      Who thinks there is going to be a Thatcher style coup?? Blood on the floor?

    4. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:05 pm  

      won’t be that much blood. count blair got sucked dry the day he sold his soul to bush

    5. Leon — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:16 pm  

      Speculation and political instability is putting pressure on Sterling it seems: http://www.iii.co.uk/news/?type=afxnews&articleid=5771201&action=article

    6. Sid — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:20 pm  

      Count Blair from the Sesame Street?

      1, 2, 3, 4…
      …99,998, 99,999, 100,000 Dead Iraqis!!

      Mwah ha ha ha!

    7. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:26 pm  

      Sunny Day
      Sweepin’ the clouds away
      On my way to where the air is sweet
       
      Can you tell me how to get,
      How to get to Downing Street
       
      Come and play
      Everything’s A-OK
      Friendly neighbours there
      That’s where we meet
       
      Can you tell me how to get
      How to get to Downing Street
       
      It’s a magic carpet ride
      Every door will open wide
      To Happy people like you
      Happy people like
      What a beautiful
       
      Sunny Day
      Sweepin’ the clouds away
      On my way to where the air is sweet
       
      Can you tell me how to get,
      How to get to Downing Street…

    8. Chairwoman — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:41 pm  

      Tony Blair has been an appalling Prime Minister, but there’s not only foreign policy for you to criticise.

      What about the dreadful state of the NHS, the constant tinkering with the legal system, education - or lack of it, taxation, the nanny state. The list is endless, in fact I’m starting to wonder if he makes ‘unpopular’ foreign policy decisions to keep our minds off the parlous state of the country.

    9. nyrone — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:41 pm  

      This is probably the funniest thing ever.
      I have been watching the entire thing at the Newsroom I’m working in, and as the stories keep breaking, first with the ‘get lost’ letter, then the ‘leave like a rock star’ memo and now the savage tidal wave of ‘we hate everything you stand for’ resignations, you’ve got to wonder if it could possibly get any worse for the blood-sucking war criminal that is Mr Blair.

      Does anyone actually believe that he could go on for another 12 months? The government is in “meltdown” to use DC’s words. People are lining up to tell him to get lost, and he still won’t leave! Could he be any more arrogant or self-delusional? When you no longer hold authority in your party, when most of the public think you’re rubbish and when only your loyal dogs are still around defending your ego…It’s time to disgracefully leave.

      He totally deserves this.

    10. Leon — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:45 pm  

      You work in a newsroom? Interesting, what’s the general feeling there regarding when he’ll go?

    11. Billy — on 6th September, 2006 at 3:52 pm  

      I’ve never understood why, in politics, people insist on hanging on until the last minute and everyone hates you and there’s a coup to get rid of you. Why not quit while you’re ahead?

    12. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:03 pm  

      “Why not quit while you’re ahead?”

      Because people in power never know when that is

    13. Leon — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:03 pm  

      Why not quit while you’re ahead?

      In a word; power.

      Giving it up is very hard.

    14. nyrone — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:04 pm  

      Most people are saying just beyond the new year, some people think a coup is possible in the next couple of weeks, no-one thinks 12 months…
      It’s rather strange to see people writing right-wing material and then start speaking to you in left-wing lingo about the current political climate. Newsrooms are full of weird contradictions that way, just like the rest of the world….

    15. Leon — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:05 pm  

      Cheers, nryone, interesting insight. And yeah my (limited) experience of news rooms and journos suggests the same…

    16. Jagdeep — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:23 pm  

      I think he will be forced to say that he’ll go early new year in time for the March elections. But who knows? Maybe a cabinet minister will resign spectacularly and he’ll have to fall on his sword!

      Who thinks Gordon Brown or his loyalists may be plotting all this?

    17. raz — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:25 pm  

      WTF was that ‘Blair farewell tour about’?! This guy is seriously deluded about his own importance to the world :)

    18. Leon — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:28 pm  

      William Hill has the news on the betting: http://www.williamhillmedia.com/index_template.asp?file=6559

      Of course Brown is behind this, not everything but his camp are surely a major player in any stirring regarding Blairs weak premiership…

    19. contrarymary — on 6th September, 2006 at 4:36 pm  

      this is BIG. it’s open revolt. surely it’s gonna put more pressure on Blaire to resign, or at least commit to a timetable of departure. hurrah.

    20. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 5:00 pm  

      So is his successor (I’m guessing Osbourne, Cowell and Welsh will pick the Right Man) be any different?

    21. Sid — on 6th September, 2006 at 5:15 pm  

      Mr Freedland sums it up

    22. Arif — on 6th September, 2006 at 5:41 pm  

      Understanding British politics reminds me of Kremlinology. I feel games are being played behind closed doors with coded messages fed to the media, and commentators frenetically reading between the lines that a palace coup is on the way.

      These letters say that Tony Blair is a superhero who has done great things. no mention of any faults on his part. But they want him to resign because there is damage to the Labour Party.

      What is the damage to the Labour Party? Is the problem that it is losing popularity? Are they saying it is due to Tony Blair - in which case what has he done?

      Is it that they want to hoodwink voters with a change of personality rather than policy? Is it that they want to change policies, but are too timid to say it? Is it that they believe that the policies don’t matter anyway, it is all about staying in power? Is it part of a personality clash with Brown? Are the courtiers just getting bored?

      Elite intrigue is probably fun for participants and spectators, but its a sad way for a polity to be run.

    23. Kismet Hardy — on 6th September, 2006 at 5:58 pm  

      Tonight matthew, I’m going to be tony blair

      I’m going pub

      Last legs, legless

      I make joke, ya?

      And like Tony, I shall be drinking alone

      Now I cry

    24. Vikrant a.k.a Amey — on 6th September, 2006 at 6:11 pm  

      Hooray… Hooray.. Tony Blair is falling down.. falling down… Cameron will make such a fine PM.

    25. David T — on 6th September, 2006 at 6:18 pm  

      Don’t bank of Cameron winning. I keep having conversations with ‘core Tory voters’ who think he’s likely to be too liberal on immigration etc.

      Not entirely convinced the Tories are hungry enough to want to win an election yet.

      We’ll see.

    26. Yakoub/Julaybib — on 6th September, 2006 at 6:33 pm  

      I think it is insane to claim Blair’s reign has been one long disaster. Of course, Tony signed up to Bush’s foreign policy and tried to create a security state. Will Brown or Cameron do any different? The truth is, Blairism was founded on plenty of good intentions, particularly on the domestic social justice and welfare front, but so much has not been properly realised due to of an excessive reliance on consultancy over and above the regular civil service, an almost ideological attachment to notions of consumerism, and the need to ‘involve’ the private sector. Whether Brown will be any better with regard to domestic policies is a moot point, but I’d trust him on these issues more than Cameron. But I won’t be holding my breath for any major changes in British polity, whoever is at the helm, for the foreseeable future.

      Wasalaam

      TMA

    27. Leon — on 7th September, 2006 at 10:05 am  

      I’m with Dave T regarding caution on thinking Camerons got it in the bag. For pretty much the same reasons too, the Tory right haven’t really sunk their claws into him yet but when they do they will draw blood…

    28. Pocahontas — on 14th September, 2006 at 11:22 am  

      King Tony has been falling down every five minutes but somehow he seems to weather it and keeps reigning supreme.

      So I am not holding my breath.

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