Monday, 14 January 2008

Blair on Europe: Brilliant but Meaningless


Tony Blair was at his artful best when he launched his leadership campaign for the EU presidency in Paris on Saturday night. I jest, of course. For "artful best " read "meaningless worst". That this criminal is free to walk the streets of Europe is bad enough but that he could come back to haunt us is unbearable but I must admit he is good at what he does and what he does is to utter words and phrases which initially seem hugely profound but later have an utter emptiness. But he does more than that. He introduces labels with which he can diminish any who disagree. There are plenty labels in the short extract below

According to The Observer Blair said globalisation was eradicating traditional party lines and class distinctions and rendering old political remedies obsolete. 'It's about today versus yesterday. Less about politics and more about a state of mind; open as opposed to closed,' he said. "Europe is not a question of left or right, but a question of the future or the past, of strength or weakness".

This is brilliant shite. It is utterly meaningless until one realises that it means whatever Blair wants it to mean on any occasion and it allows Blair to attach negative labels to those he wishes to attack. Let's pull out these labels and put them into the categories GOOD or bad according to Blair.

TODAY versus yesterday.
Less about politics and MORE ABOUT A STATE OF MIND
OPEN as opposed to closed,
not a question of left or right,
but a question of the FUTURE or the past,
of STRENGTH or weakness

He'll have a filed day with these!

Unfortunately, Blair is likely not to experience the labels I would like to attach to him: war criminal, imprisoned. Until then I'll have to make do with sex-toy salesman.

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