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JF

Best of luck to our friends in the Conservative Party, and may this be the beginning of the end of the Labor government.

Australia: Conservative.
Canada: Conservative.
Germany: Conservative.
France: Probably Conservative.

We need the UK to contain the spread of Socialism. We're losing the battle here in the US, so we look to you to carry the torch.

Teddy Bear

"Speculation in tonight's London Evening Standard is that he might even resign as a Member of Parliament before the next General Election. Every expectation in Britain is that he will spend much of his future on the American side of the Atlantic - enjoying the lucrative lecture circuit."

Yes, I doubt very much he'll want to live in the legacy of his Britain. Hope some clear thinking Yanks will make that point if he overstays his welcome.

Teddy Bear

Melanie Phillips recent article on one of the finla acts of our society betrayal by Blair:
The devilish road to Blairtopia
Daily Mail, 8 May 2007

This week, Tony Blair will finally announce his timetable for stepping down as Prime Minister. But at the very point of his departure from British public life, he apparently intends to stamp his image ineradicably upon this country by leaving a binding legacy that will alter it forever.

According to reports, he intends to sign Britain up to the EU’s ‘constitution-lite’ being cooked up by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

The loss of sovereignty entailed in the original EU constitution, which effectively created a superstate with its own defence and foreign policy, was so great that Mr Blair was forced to promise that Britain would not sign up to such a measure without a referendum.

In France and Holland referendums gave that constitution a big thumbs-down. Now, Frau Merkel claims that her new proposal isn’t such a big deal and so a referendum won’t be necessary. Despite this patent economy with the truth, Mr Blair will reportedly sign up to her proposal, and thus surrender what is left of Britain’s sovereignty, before he leaves office.

If so, his last act would be a betrayal of the British people. Such a momentous and cynical step — at the very moment he departs the British stage so he cannot be held accountable for his actions — is a final gesture of contempt for the people who elected him in such good faith.

It also demonstrates once again the extent of his insatiable ambition to be seen as a major player on the world stage — even after he steps down. It appears that, although he stands to make a fortune once the removal vans have left No. 10, Mr Blair will be careful not to be tarnished by such visible commercial exploitation but instead will associate himself with Good Works.

This will not be some unsung charitable endeavour. It is likely to be nothing less than bringing peace on earth. For he has always been in the business of transforming the world–and he believes that he alone is the man to do it.

He is driven by a universalist world view which minimises the profound nature of the conflicts that divide people. He thinks that such divisions belong essentially to a primitive past — whereas now, hey, we’re all basically modern, reasonable people with the same interests in life, and so we can all live together and create the brotherhood of man.

Accordingly, it’s the divisions that have to go — regardless of the justice of the cause. So everything is negotiable; every conflict is susceptible to a deal. Given the chance, Mr Blair would doubtless force God and the Devil to sit down across a table from each other and hammer out a compromise.

But, of course, deals with the Devil inevitably mean selling your soul. And that’s the problem with the Blair vision which should terrify all of us. Because the world isn’t reducible to a universal personality. There are crucial choices to be made between good and evil.

In his absolute certainty that all problems are resolvable and all they need is someone with a cosmic talent for persuasion to come along and broker the deal — i.e. himself — the danger is that he might end up sending democracy, justice, liberty and life itself down the pan.

That’s exactly what is involved in his obsession with welding Britain onto Europe. The concern that Britain will thus lose its ability to govern itself as an independent nation means little to him. What’s much more important is creating transnational institutions that he thinks forge common interests between nations and peoples.

Hence his closely-related obsession with ‘universal’ human rights law. Hence also his belief that national borders no longer matter, that mass immigration is a good thing and that Britain’s unique identity must give way to multiculturalism.

This is the way, he thinks, to eradicate conflict, prejudice and war, and create a global utopia. What a profound misjudgment. It is, instead, the way to destroy democracy and the independent nations that create and sustain it.

The same hubris was at work in the Northern Ireland ‘peace process’. Mr Blair thinks his greatest achievement is to have created a Northern Ireland power-sharing executive which has brought together in a working relationship hitherto deadly foes who have wrought so much carnage and misery.

Terrorist swords have apparently been turned into ploughshares; the sight of the Republican extremist Martin McGuinness and the Loyalist extremist Ian Paisley dividing up the government between them is regarded as the nearest thing to a miracle since the empty tomb.

To mark such a historic development, there is to be a special address to both Houses of Parliament next week — soured by the ungracious exclusion of Sir John Major, who started the whole process back in the Nineties. But in any event, this ceremony is, in the circumstances, little more than an inappropriate and distasteful stunt.

It is true that the bombs have stopped, for which all must indeed be grateful. But the price has been the eclipse of moderation and the rule of law. The people of Northern Ireland have been handed over to two sectarian extremists, and government is likely to be run along the lines of tribalist fiefdoms.

And behind it all still lurks the threat of violence. The IRA Army Council remains in existence. The price of Sinn Fein’s participation is the emasculation of the police and the justice system. Terrorism has not been beaten but rewarded.

Parts of the Province have been turned into a kind of Mafia state, with former paramilitaries now keeping order on the streets through protection rackets and organised crime. The doctrine behind the peace process was peace at any price. But peace at any price is appeasement.

Nowhere is the lethal effect of such Faustian pacts more apparent than in the Middle East. And it is there that Mr Blair is now likely to direct his messianic attention through his proposed Blair Foundation, whose aim is to promote links between Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

If Martin McGuinness can share power with Ian Paisley, goes the reasoning, anything is possible — even Hamas making peace with Israel.

Not so. However bad it was in Northern Ireland, neither its Catholics nor its Protestants wanted to take over Britain or remove each other from the face of the earth. Yet Hamas is pledged to eradicate both Israel and every Jew in the world.

The mistake made by Mr Blair — and so many others — is to believe that, like Northern Ireland, the Middle East impasse is about the division of a patch of land. Not so. The Palestinian Arabs were offered a state of their own in Palestine in 1937, 1948 and 2000. Each time they refused and instead tried to eradicate the Jewish presence there.

Mr Blair refuses to accept that there can be no negotiation with those whose agenda is non-negotiable. Last February, he said Britain might be prepared to talk to the ‘more sensible elements’ in Hamas. My information is that it took two Arabs, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah of Jordan, to tell him forcibly that there were no sensible elements in Hamas and that talking to it would merely strengthen the terrible threat it posed to the whole region.

The road to hell, it is said, is paved with good intentions. Mr Blair’s naive and arrogant utopianism poses a profound danger which, with his exit from Downing Street to the political afterlife, might merely exchange the British theatre for a platform which allows nemesis to play out on an even wider stage.

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