Sep 2, 2010

Rundle: a book that marks the end of Blair, all echo and no conscience

"You know, I of course I feel sorrow for the people who have died, how could you not..." God, there it was again, that voice, pouring out of the radio at 6:30 in the morning, as one of

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


“You know, I of course I feel sorrow for the people who have died, how could you not…” God, there it was again, that voice, pouring out of the radio at 6:30 in the morning, as one of the last sunny days began outside. Tony Blair back from the shadowlands of post-priministerial life, and right in the middle of it all again, to plug his long-awaited memoir, A Journey.


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11 thoughts on “Rundle: a book that marks the end of Blair, all echo and no conscience

  1. klewso

    Your use of the term “a dead ringer for a B-movie serial killer promo” : as though it was a “bad choice”?

  2. klewso

    And getting rid of one dictator “justified Iraq” (after so long Saddam being a well-fitting “Western puppet” :- “Iran – sick’m boy”) – so why didn’t “North Korea” or “Burma”, or any number of African tyrannies, come up for “adjudication” too”, by the same “panel of experts”?

  3. Liz45

    Here’s one person who won’t be reading his book. I’ve yet to hear a genuine feeling of anguish for the people of Iraq, who, as far as I know, still don’t have fresh running water, uninterrupted electricity and all the billions of dollars stolen by either US military or their mates in the Iraq govt haven’t been replaced. The 50,000 US military are probably only there to supervise the stealth of the peoples’ oil. I find it disgusting, and in my view Bush, Blair and Howard should be facing war crimes. ‘The Downing Street Memo’ which can be accessed is just one more bit of proof, that the invasion of Iraq was illegal, immoral and the 3 of them lied their heads off for months prior to invasion, and many were sucked in – but not me.
    Yesterday’s comments by Obama, about the “sacrifices” of the 4,500 US military who died made me sick – no mention of the 1.4 million Iraqis who are now dead, or the 4 million people who are displaced, or the overwhelming number of kids who are suffering from trauma, because of us! Just sickening! Afghanistan the same!

    Blair’s written almost 800 pages of bullshit in my view. He only makes my belief, that politicians should send their own kids to be killed before they send others – or, if their kids are too young, lead the ‘charge’ themselves. Then, they’d find an alternative! If Blair, Howard or Bush had to tell the mothers of their kids what their intentions were, we wouldn’t have this terribly sad and appalling situation now. Also, I wasn’t an enemy of the people in the Middle east prior to their decision – I am now, and I don’t blame them at all! I blame those 3, totally! The mothers of the murdered children were no threat to any of the countries involved, but now they hate me, and are more likely to be planning revenge – I don’t blame them!

    Sadly, the world won’t learn, and when in the future, 3 crazies want to invade sovereign countries on a lie, too many people will believe them! Most depressing!

  4. Jenny Morris

    Bloody great writing, Guy.

  5. Richard Maher

    Strange indeed.

    “Of course, I had no knoweldge that John would die prematurely. Except that, in a strange way, I began to think he might… I said to (Cherie): ‘If John (Smith) dies, I will be leader, not Gordon. And somehow, I think this will happen. I just think it will.’ Is that a premonition? Not in a strict sense; but it was strange all the same. On Saturday afternoon we went to see Schindler’s List…”

  6. [email protected]

    Great article Guy. Oleaginous sums up TB – he truly was not the people’s prince. Who’s The Ghost of this biography? and you mean 45-minute, not 45 second – even mad Tony wouldn’t peddle that much of a lie.

  7. Geoff Baars

    Love your article, Guy. I’d read your book any day before Blair’s rationalisations. His reasoning on his conversion to Catholicism is something I’d almost consider reading though – just to see how flimsy and elastic his intellect really can be!!

  8. achimova1

    Terrific article and terrific response from Liz45. And Obama’s spin does not mean it’s over. Yes there are the 50,000 troops – but also the depleted uranium which is playing and will play havoc with the Iraqi gene pool way into the future.

  9. Dez Hoy

    Thanks, Guy and Liz45, for the passion and eloquence. TB was, and remains, a self justifying, self aggrandizing, Faustian fool. I, too, hope I never hear that voice again, unless it is from the dock of a war crimes court.

  10. Jonathan Maddox

    “Deeply shallow”. Profound.

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