Tony Blair

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(politician, war criminal, psychopath, Deep state actor)
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Sculpture By May Ayres
BornAnthony Charles Lynton Blair
1953-05-06
Edinburgh
Alma materSt John's College (Oxford), Inns of Court School of Law
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Children • Euan Nicky
• Kathryn Leo
Parents • Leo Blair
• Hazel Corscadden
SpouseCherie Booth
Member ofBullingdon Club, The Other Club
PartyLabour
Remarkably popular at the time, Tony Blair was a UK prime minister, now infamous for lying the UK into invading Iraq, notwithstanding massive opposition. He is currently sought for War crimes by many people.

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg UK/Prime Minister Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
2 May 1997 - 27 June 2007
DeputyJohn Prescott
Succeeded byGordon Brown
resigned

Employment.png Leader of the Labour Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
21 July 1994 - 24 June 2007
DeputyJohn Prescott

Employment.png Leader of the Opposition Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
21 July 1994 - 2 May 1997
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byJohn Major

Employment.png Shadow Home Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
24 July 1992 - 24 October 1994

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Employment

In office
2 November 1989 - 24 July 1992
Preceded byMichael Meacher

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Energy Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
23 November 1988 - 2 November 1989
Preceded byJohn Prescott
Succeeded byFrank Dobson

Employment.png Shadow Minister for Trade

In office
13 July 1987 - 23 November 1988

Employment.png Member of Parliament for Sedgefield

In office
9 June 1983 - 27 June 2007

Tony Blair is a multi-millionaire[1] former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with a track record of lying[2][3], convicted in absentia as a war criminal.[4][5]

In June 2015, following his decision to stand down as the envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, (the UN, US, EU and Russia), Tony Blair was appointed head of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation which is focused on fighting antisemitism. Blair faced criticism during his time as the Quartet's envoy for being overly sympathetic to Israel: The Palestinian Authority’s former chief negotiator Nabil Shaath said Blair had:

“Achieved so very little because of his gross efforts to please the Israelis.”[6]

Background

A young Tony Blair in the Bullingdon Club (3rd from the right)

Blair was a prep school friend of Bill Gammell.[7] At Oxford University he was a member of the elite Bullingdon Club.

In Government

David Shayler has claimed that Tony Blair worked for MI5.[8] Whether or not it is true, his record would seem to indicate a de facto subservience to the UK deep state. Philip Lyon, a senior aide of Tony Blair, was found guilty in 2003 of child pornography on his (Lyon's) House of Commons computer.[9] This has not been proven to be an episode of sexual blackmail.

Domestic policy

Thatcher deliberately and cruelly wrecked the social democratic society in which I grew up, with the aim of destroying any ability for working people to be protected against the whims of the wealthy. But Thatcher never introduced privatisation into the NHS or state schools – that was her acolyte Blair. She maintained free university education in England and Wales. That was destroyed by Blair too.”
Craig Murray (25 July 2019)  [10]

Blair personally intervened to stop an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into the multi-billion pound Al-Yamamah arms deal by writing "secret and personal" letter to the Attorney General for England and Wales, Peter Goldsmith.[11]

The Sourcewatch page has a good summary of Tony Blair's nuclear stance, basically a switch from anti- to pro, after contacts from the Nuclear lobby.

Foreign policy

Tony Blair had been widely criticised from within his own party for supporting the policy on Iraq of U.S. President George W. Bush. There is a general perception in the UK that Blair repeatedly misled the UK parliament and public in echoing the U.S. claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that invading and occupying Iraq was legal. As a result, some Members of Parliament have formed a group to call for impeachment hearings. The failure of commercially-controlled media to pick up on this in spite of pretty overwhelming evidence is another indication that he may be receiving protection from the deep state.

Further pressure was put on Blair in September 2004, during the UK Labour Party Conference, when the London Evening Standard newspaper published details of a leaked Pentagon briefing paper. The document reveals that in October 2002, the Pentagon finalised its "Full Operational Battle Plan 1003V" for the Iraq war, at a time when Blair was insisting that no decisions had been made about whether to go to war.

Bilderberg Group

When asked in March 1998 in the UK Parliament "which members of his Government have attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group?", Tony Blair replied "none".[12] However, when named by a fellow attendee of the 1993 conference he later admitted attending, he termed Bilderberg "a really useful group".[13]

9/11 and the "War on Terror"

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Tony Blair has been an unflinching promoter of the "War on Terror". He claimed on September 31, 2001 to have seen "absolutely powerful incontrovertible evidence" that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, but he declined to present it "because much of this evidence comes to us from sensitive sources, from intelligence sources". He also stated that "Just as terrorists operate without borders, so the fight against "terrorism" needs to be a global one. Only a true coalition of the civilised world offers a real chance of cutting out the cancer of mass "terrorism"."[14]

War Crimes

Since the Crown Prosecution Service showed no interest in prosecuting Blair, efforts were ongoing as of 2017 to privately prosecute Tony Blair. These were being actively opposed by Jeremy Wright, UK Attorney General.[15]

In 2007, artists Peter Kennard and Cat Picton-Phillipps produced this icon collage depicting Tony Blair taking a 'selfie' in front of a huge explosion. This was a "response to the personal anger the two artists felt, and [stemmed from a desire] to create something that reflected and validated the enormous public opposition to the war, which they felt had not been reflected in the [corporate] media."[16]

Tried in absentia Tony Blair was convicted by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission[4] both for crimes against peace following his lies in the run up to the illegal Iraq War. The tribunal referred their findings to the chief prosecutor at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. He is wanted for the supreme crime, that of waging a war of aggression. The leaking of the Downing street memos exposed the deceits which leading up to the illegal 2003 Invasion of Iraq, an act of unprovoked aggression which has resulted in over a million deaths. George Monbiot writing for the Guardian termed him "one of the two greatest living mass murderers on earth", noting that the war crime charge "looks incontestable".[17]

Citizens' Arrest?

He has not yet been brought to justice, although he has been arrested to several citizens' arrests. An activist has set up the Arrest Blair website which distributes bounties to those who try to perform a citizen's arrest on him. This feat is made difficult by the £250,000/year paid by the UK government for Blair's security guards.

Pariah status

Ariel Sharon's funeral, Jan.2014

In August 2012, Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced his refusal to share a platform with Blair. His office stated:

"Ultimately, the Archbishop is of the view that Mr Blair's decision to support the United States' military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible. The Discovery Invest Leadership Summit has 'leadership' as its theme. Morality and leadership are indivisible. In this context, it would be inappropriate and untenable for the Archbishop to share a platform with Mr Blair.[18]

In January 2014, Craig Murray wrote on his blog "Seeing Tony Blair speaking at Ariel Sharon’s Funeral – one war criminal eulogising another – was so horrifying it has jolted this blog back out of retirement. There may be no justice, but there can be truth."[19]

Chilcot Inquiry

Full article: Chilcot Inquiry

On 2 June 2014, Tony Blair avoided answering questions about the then unpublished Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war.[20] In October 2015 "Blair issued what amounted to a non-apology as he tried to spin his way out of the trouble he expect[ed] from the findings of the Chilcot inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq War."[21]

Deep state protection

An article by Professor Arshad M. Khan entitled "Elite Impunity and the Chilcot Report – Will Tony Blair Ever Go to Jail?" published soon after the report of the Chilcot Inquiry began by observing "What stands out in the British Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot) report is the sidestepping of the war crime issue" and concluded "Are we ever likely to see Blair, Bush or Cheney in the dock. Not even if hell freezes over...When the political elite can act with impunity, it becomes a corrosive salt eating away at the framework of democracy. It is an ill omen."[22]

Later activities

Before Tony Blair announced that he would be resigning his prime ministerial post it became known (not officially announced) that he had been offered a position at the Carlyle Group, the largest US private equity firm which is heavily involved the armaments industry.[23] It also became known that the Murdoch press had agreed a £4.5 million signing fee for his memoirs.[24]

While Blair's mostly-symbolic role as "mediator" in the Middle East has impeded him pursuing the lecture circuit, the announced rate for one lecture in China was US$500,000. On 9 January 2008, it was announced that Blair would become a "part-time senior adviser, on a salary said to exceed $1m (£500,000) a year" at JPMorgan Chase.[25] The Financial Times said that he would earn £2 million/year and "will use his experience and contacts to provide political and strategic advice to the US bank and participate in some client events." Blair stated that he was looking at accepting "a small handful" of similar positions with other companies. "I have always been interested in commerce and the impact of globalisation. Nowadays, the intersection between politics and the economy in different parts of the world, including the emerging markets, is very strong," he said.[26]

Libyan involvement

Documents found by the Sunday Telegraph showed that Blair had made at least three visits to Tripoli, twice in the lead-up to the release of the alleged Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in 2008 and 2009 and once in 2010. On the first two occasions he was flown to the country on planes arranged by Muammar Gaddafi.[27] A senior diplomat told the Daily Telegraph that the British embassy in Tripoli had arranged transport for Mr Blair and his entourage in Tripoli and ensured that representatives were there to "greet him and see him off" at the airport. Mr Blair stayed overnight at the ambassador’s official residence in Tripoli and was accompanied by "several" British police officers for protection. The documents show that among the people he was due to meet in 2009 was Mohammed Layas, head of the LIA.

A Blair spokesman said that the visits had largely been to discuss Africa, and categorically denied that he had lobbied Saif al-Islam on behalf of JP Morgan:

"As we have made clear many times before, Tony Blair has never had any role, either formal or informal, paid or unpaid, with the Libyan Investment Authority or the Government of Libya and he does not and has never had any commercial relationship with any Libyan company or entity."

In August 2011, American officials told the New York Post newspaper that JP Morgan managed more than half a billion US dollars on behalf of the LIA. One of the letters arranging the 2008 visit, in which an aide to Mr Blair told the Libyan ambassador to Britain that the former prime minister was "delighted" that "The Leader" was likely to be able to see him, was on notepaper headed "Office of the Quartet Representative", his formal title as Middle East envoy. The Quartet he represents is made up of the European Union, the United Nations, Russia and the United States. A spokesman for Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, said: "It's up to him to explain why he did this." [28]

In September 2011, the Daily Telegraph revealed that Tony Blair was one of three prominent western businessmen (including an unnamed British businessman and a former American diplomat) who regularly advised Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former Libyan leader, over investment decisions of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), the $70 billion fund used to invest the country's oil money abroad.[29] An LIA executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, said:

"Tony Blair's visits were purely lobby visits for banking deals with JP Morgan. Saif and his father played these people like musical chairs. At the end the reputation of the LIA was really damaged because of these interventions."

In March 2016, adjourning a case in London’s High Court over the leadership claims of two rival heads of the Libyan Investment Authority, which controls Libya’s sovereign wealth fund,[30] Tony Blair's elder brother Judge William Blair declared it would be premature to rule while moves were afoot to form a Government of National Accord in Libya.[31]

Institute for Global Change

On 1 December 2016, Blair announced that his ‘The Africa Governance Initiative’, ‘The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’ and his ‘Initiative for the Middle East’ would all become part of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, saying:

“Over the past nine years we have built a family of organisations which together employ nearly 200 people; have worked in over 30 countries; and have produced some real and lasting achievements. I am very proud of the commitment and impact of the people I have had the privilege to work with.”[32]

Other affiliations

Tony Blair is a member of the Fabian Society, the America APPG, patron of the Foreign Policy Centre and a member of The Other Club since 1991.

External links

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Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Attorney General for England and Wales“It’s not unusual for the attorney general to intervene in cases in order to represent the public interest. He has sought to intervene in this case because it raises important issues about the scope of the criminal law.”2017
Freedom of Information Act“It appears that Freedom of Information (hereinafter FOI) laws have never been loved by their parents. When US President Lyndon Johnson signed the world's first FOI Act into law in 1966, he was so keen not to be associated with it that – uniquely among modern Presidential enactions – there was no photographer present to capture the historic moment. It is fitting that Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, who gave the UK its own FOI Act, has since attempted to disassociate himself from the law he presented to the Queen for Royal Assent in 2000.”Garrick Alder2017
UK/Deep state“I testified last week to the Chilcot inquiry. My experience demonstrates an emerging and dangerous problem with the process. This is not so much a problem with Sir John Chilcot and his panel, but rather with the government bureaucracy – Britain's own "deep state" – that is covering up its mistakes and denying access to critical documents... I asked for access to all the documents I had worked on as Britain's Iraq "expert" at the UN Security Council, including intelligence assessments, records of discussions with the US, and the long paper trail on the WMD dossier. Large files were sent to me to peruse at the UK mission to the UN. However, long hours spent reviewing the files revealed that most of the key documents I had asked for were not there. I was told that specific documents, such as the records of prime minister Tony Blair's visit to Syria, could not be found. This is simply not plausible.”Carne Ross25 July 2010

 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)
Bilderberg/199322 April 199325 April 1993Greece
Nafsika Astir Palace Hotel
Vouliagmeni

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Censorship and Freedom of Speechblog post1 October 2008Craig Murray
Document:Al Quds Day letter to Tony Blairletter3 September 2010Lauren BoothLauren Booth writes a scathing open letter to her brother-in-law, Tony Blair...
Document:Corbyn fans should welcome this attempted coup, the Blairites are committing political suicidearticle26 June 2016Kerry-anne MendozaIn these uncertain days after the Brexit vote, when the Labour party needed to rally UK progressives to prevent a right-wing Brexit from the European Union – a small number of Labour MPs have instead chosen to mount a coup against leader Jeremy Corbyn. But Corbyn supporters should be ecstatic, because this opportunistic and ignorant move is an act of political suicide for the Blairites.
Document:Jack Straw Memo 25 March 2002memo25 March 2002Jack Straw
Document:Manning Memo 14 March 2002memo14 March 2002David Manning
Document:Novichok And Theresa May's "45 Minute Moment"Article15 March 2018Is Britain off to war (in Syria) to save the government from all sorts of disasters back at home? Challenging a Prime Minister in the midst of an international conflict is always difficult – just look at the vitriol thrown at Jeremy Corbyn for doing so yesterday – who was proved right in the face of the same accusations with Tony Blair.
Document:Peak KinnockArticle19 September 2016Craig Murray"11,000 people saving £2 a month might not save a dying little baby, but would exactly pay the £264,000 per year salary of Neil Kinnock’s daughter-in-law Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Chief Executive of Save the Children and wife of MP Stephen Kinnock. Misery for some is a goldmine for others."
Document:Sanitising the Iraq Wararticle6 July 2016Jonathon ShafiThe full horror of what Blair unleashed will never be truly understood in the West. And, internationally the full consequences of this war are still to be felt. As the sister of a soldier killed in Iraq said: “There is one terrorist in this world and his name is Tony Blair.”
Document:The American Jewish scholar behind Labour's "antisemitism" scandal breaks his silenceInterview3 May 2016Norman Finkelstein
Jamie Stern-Weiner
Norman G. Finkelstein is clear: "It’s time to put a stop to this periodic charade, because it ends up besmirching the victims of the Nazi holocaust, diverting from the real suffering of the Palestinian people, and poisoning relations between the Jewish and Muslim communities. You just had an antisemitism hysteria last year, and it was a farce. And now again? Another inquiry? Another investigation? No."


References

  1. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/dec/04/tony-blair-defends-business-dealings-cites-henry-kissinger-role-model
  2. Tony_Blair#Lying_to_parliament_about_the_Bilderberg_group
  3. Downing street memos
  4. a b http://criminalisewar.org/files/Judgement%20on%20Genocide.pdf
  5. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/blair-denounced-as-liar-and-murderer-1884540.html
  6. "Tony Blair appointed as head of European body fighting antisemitism"
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2010/aug/24/brief-history-bill-gammell
  8. http://www.darkpolitricks.com/david-shayler-tony-blair-was-an-mi5-spy/
  9. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/3164581.stm
  10. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/07/johnsons-westminster-cabinet-is-far-to-the-right-of-thatcher/ Craig Murray's blog
  11. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-23622364
  12. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199798/cmhansrd/vo980330/text/80330w06.htm
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQf2-3EiAxs&index=45&list=PLagHa1QjXUIh2Fy6WSDemenIBoSloYjh_
  14. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1358074/Blair-has-seen-proof-that-bin-Laden-is-guilty.html
  15. http://theduran.com/uk-government-moves-to-stop-war-crimes-prosecution-of-tony-blair/
  16. http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/contemporary-art-and-war-at-iwm-north/
  17. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/oct/26/making-blair-eu-president-crazy
  18. "Archbishop Desmond Tutu pulls out of event with Tony Blair because of Iraq War"
  19. "War Criminals On TV"
  20. "Video: Tony Blair ducks questions on Chilcot Inquiry"
  21. https://www.smh.com.au/opinion/no-one-should-forget-the-medias-role-in-the-march-to-the-iraq-war-20151029-gkm09i.html
  22. http://www.globalresearch.ca/elite-impunity-and-the-chilcot-report-will-tony-blair-ever-go-to-jail/5536054
  23. Hamer, Rupert, "Tony Blair to join Carlyle Group?" Sunday Mirror, 22 August 2005, accessed 24 November 2008.
  24. Aaronovitch, David, "A Different Kind of Compassion," Media Lens, 10 January 2008.
  25. Wearden, Graeme, "Blair joins JP Morgan as $1m-a-year adviser," Guardian, 10 January 2008, accessed 24 November 2008.
  26. David Wighton, "Blair takes advisory position at JP Morgan", Financial Times, January 9 2008.
  27. "Tony Blair: Libya, Lockerbie, Arms and Betrayals"
  28. "Tony Blair 'visited Libya to lobby for JP Morgan'"
  29. "Financial Heist of the Century: Confiscating Libya’s Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF)"
  30. "Spare a Thought for Libya’s $67 Billion Wealth Fund"
  31. "LIA leadership case adjourned, judge says premature to rule"
  32. "Tony Blair Announcement on New Organisation". Institute for Global Change. Retrieved 2018-10-02.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
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