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Tony Blair On Course

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Tony Blair’s extraordinary generosity towards the Royal British Legion is wonderful.  It should be welcomed without reservation.  Those who have described it as “blood money” dishonour the sacrifice and courage of their loved ones.

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No one can put it better or more comprehensively than my friend blairsupporter (rumoured to be a nom de plume of Lord “Big Mac” Prezza).   See here for the definitive posting about this remarkable news.

The Royal British Legion

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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  1. Tony Blair On Course « Peter Reynolds…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

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    August 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  2. Well, thank you, Peter for the mention. Y’see I told Pauline you were all right!


    August 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    • I know she’s worried that next thing I’m going to have you on the wacky baccy.

      Peter Reynolds

      August 16, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      • She’s ‘worried’? About the wack…?

        Too late, she cried, and waved her wooden leg.

        (Figure of speech, you understand.)


        August 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

      • Ah! So Gordon never terrorised you with the lethal variety! You got off lightly.

        Peter Reynolds

        August 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      • And what’s this? You’ve been having little chitchat, tete a tetes with Diane – over Big Macs? You sly old dog you! What fulsome praise. I could hardly believe it. You’re a real mover, shaker and spinner behind the scenes aren’t you John?

        Peter Reynolds

        August 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm

  3. Nope. And he never terrorised Tony either with the lethal stuff. It was the knife wot dun it. I expect he’ll tell you all about it in his book.

    Yesh, right.


    August 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm

  4. These comments purloined without permission from The Mad Hatter’s blog:

    August 17, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Where does that figure of £4.6million come from – how much is this book gonna cost?!!!
    It’s certainly not on my Christmas wish list and before anybody says ‘well the profits are going to the British Legion’, I will donate to our Servicemen and Women in my own way.

    Bugger that for a game of soldiers ……….

    Peter Reynolds
    August 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

    It’s not a “game of soldiers”. It’s about young men dying while fighting for their country under the leaderrship of, like it or not, the elected prime minister of the day.

    I’m no Blair fan but those who quibble and whinge about this extraordinary gift dishonour the sacrifice and courage of our heroes.

    When did you last put your hand in your pocket and trouble your pampered life for the sake of our soldiers?

    August 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Are the relatives of the maimed and dead servicemen and women who are critical of Mr Blair’s motives in making this donation in any way dishonouring the sacrifice their loved ones have made?

    The argument that those who are critical of Mr Blair’s donation dishonour the sacrifice and courage of our troops is a false one.. I myself, for example, have ties to the military and both in private and in public through this blog support them at every opportunity. I have immense respect and admiration for the valour and sacrifice our troops make and regard the suggestion that any criticism of Mr Blair’s motivation dishonours our troops to be ‘nonsense’. Mr Blair is a private individual. He does not represent our troops.. Criticising Mr Blair is NOT the same as criticising our forces. On can support the one without supporting the other !

    Peter Reynolds
    August 17, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Yes, I believe they are. Yours is a specious argument. It is a populist cop-out from responsibility, an easy way for you to have your cake and eat it.

    I have some experience in the military. I think we should pull out of Afghanistan immediately. I think everyone, with the wisdom of hindsight, believes that Iraq was an illegal war.

    There is no logic in your argument at all. Of course you can criticise Blair and/or the wars without criticising our troops. I do so myself all the time. What is reprehensible is to take such a gift and use it as a weapon against the giver. It is worse than a lack of manners. It tarnishes the enormous good that the donation will do. Do you expect it to be refused or that our heroes who benefit from it shouid feel guilty for doing so?

    By all means let’s criticise Tony Blair (Bush deserves worse) but it is small minded, vindictive and hypocritical to quibble about this donation. It demeans you and everyone else who joins in the baying mob of sanctimony. It does dishonour the sacrifice and courage of those who have died and been injured because the gift is not to Blair it is from Blair. Your criticism is a cheap shot.

    Personally, I believe we should have assassinated Saddam Hussein. Even at the loss of hundreds of special forces and/or undercover assassins, I believe this would have been a better solution. I think such political assassination is morally more defensible than war.

    In Afghanistan, we should contract to buy all the raw opium across the entire country (and surrounds) for the next 10 years, possibly paying for it all up front. This would cost far, far less financially and in blood than our present adventures and it would cut off both the Taliban’s and Al Qaeda’s funding.

    Peter Reynolds

    August 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

    • Well said, Peter. Apart from this:

      “I think everyone, with the wisdom of hindsight, believes that Iraq was an illegal war.”

      Even with the 20/20 vision of hindsight I for one don’t accept that “illegal” label.

      Apart from that I think that argument is a red herring. If all had gone well, people hadn’t died in numbers and it really WAS over when Bush said “mission accomplished” we wouldn’t worry about illegality. Just as we didn’t over Kosovo.


      August 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      • As I’ve said before, we should have assassinated Saddam Hussein instead of killing thousands of Iraqis and US troops and hundreds of our boys.

        Peter Reynolds

        August 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      • We’re not permitted to assassinate dangerous, murderous or dictatorial leaders, P. Their human rights, you know.

        Better to do the winning slowly with the necessary sacrifices just to show the world we are principled and civilised.


        Not surprised. But this is where so called ‘liberalism’ in a world which is very illiberal leads us, inevitably.


        August 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    • No I’m not confused. It’s the lesser of two evils. Who cared about human rights went shock’n’awe went off?

      Peter Reynolds

      August 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      • Plenty cared. Even those whose actions caused it. And the liberal left still scream about it.

        They’d have called the west the New Colonisers – NWO etc if we’d taken out Saddam.

        I agree with you that assassinating Saddam would have been far better, btw, if it could have stopped the rest of the ensuing deaths. Trouble is, it wouldn’t have stopped the rest.


        August 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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