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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Blair's voting record, and the Jackie Milburn myth


You can find anything on the web....


Here is Blair's full voting record: after the debacle referred to in my last post, he turned up for work in Parliament on nineteen days out of the sixteen months he continued to be a Member of Parliament. What tenacity. What drive. Tony who?

But he did turn up for the Education vote as he had said he would. So that would be one promise he made and kept in all those years.

Still, when Uncle Jimmy is running through his (short) list of all the marvellous things Blair's governent did for Britain, it's a sobering reminder that not only were some of those achievements (like Scottish devolution) obtained over the strong opposition of Blair himself, but practically all of them were achieved over the can't-be-bothered-to-turn-up work ethic of the supremely self-important Mr Leave-It-To-The-Littlies. No wonder he's achieved fuck all since he was sacked: no staff to do his work for him while he takes the credit. Heck, he even had to write his own memoirs without a ghost writer, which is why they are so terribly written. Example:

The biggest problem with the Middle East peace process is that no one has ever gripped it long enough or firmly enough. The gripping is intermittent, and intermittent won’t do. It doesn’t work. If it was gripped, it could be solved.

Truly a gripping yarn.

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Uncle Jimmy is convinced the BBC are hopelessly biased against Blair. Yet it was the BBC's Newsnight (along with The Spectator's Peter Oborne) which revealed that one of the most-quoted examples of Blair's lying to look good is actually a total fabrication by The Sun.

Of course, as a moment with Google and Jimmy's blog demonstrates, he has a thing about Peter Oborne as well, so no good thing either Oborne or the BBC does to rehabilitate Blair's tattered reputation will ever be reported by the balanced champion of free speech (free speech for Blair, and for Geert Wilders and other fascists, that is: life imprisonment without trial for George Monbiot, George Galloway and anyone who uses their freedom of speech to say something Jimmy doesn't like).

For those of us who began to fear an outbreak of stories suggesting that Tony Blair sometimes deliberately told the truth, worry not. His other much-reported ludicrous claim (to Des O'Connor on the radio) that at the age of 14 he stowed away on a flight from Newcastle to the Bahamas and was ejected by a alert stewardess has not so far been shown to be a myth. (There are two main problems with that story. The lesser one is that Blair didn't have a passport. The greater one is that no flights to the Bahamas have even operated from Newcastle, and at the time there were no long-haul flights of any kind. I wonder if that story makes it into "A Journey"?)

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