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Yo, Blair!: Tony Blair's Disastrous Premiership Hardcover – 12 Feb 2007

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Politico's Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (12 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842752065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842752067
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 18.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Deftly meshes the events of the last years with a commentary
heavy on rage, bafflement and scorn ... Blair the monster is held fully to
account in this timely book' -- The Observer

'This powerful philippic offers the best account I have yet seen
of what can happen when a political leader chooses to clothe himself simply
in the armour of self-righteousness.'
-- Sunday Telegraph

'Vivid, enjoyable denunciation ... wastes no time trying to be
balanced. The author is not inhibited by the fatal instinct for fairness
which for so long led so many of the English to give Blair the benefit of
the doubt, and to suppose that he could not be quite as deceitful as he
seemed.' -- The Daily Telegraph


"We want you to get up the arse of the White House and stay there." Blair aid Jonathan Powell to incumbent US Ambassador Christopher Meyer in 2001 Bestselling journalist and writer Geoffrey Wheatcroft's timely and coruscating polemic argues that Tony Blair has signally failed in his principal responsibility to defend the interests of his country. Instead, by taking us to war on America's coattails, by reducing British foreign policy to the level of self-righteous soundbites and expensive foreign travel, and by chasing his childish infatuation with his own image as an international statesman, Tony Blair has doggedly pursued the interests of the United States whilst blatantly disregarding the warnings from his own experts and the demands and needs of his own people. "Yo, Blair!", the childish and slightly disdainful aside from Bush to Blair caught embarrassingly on microphone at the St. Petersburg summit served to underline the Prime Minister's pathetic subservience to the President.

From the beginning Blair was 'a Prime Minister without a party', now he is in office but not in power, a lame duck Prime Minister, ineffectual, unloved and perceived by all, at home and abroad, as slightly sinister. Geoffrey Wheatcroft's extraordinary and immaculately structured attack picks apart the legacy and the unstoppable ego of the man who led Labour to three successive election victories, and shows how, through his relentless assaults on individual freedom and his eagerness to involve us in a needless, illegal and unpopular war on flagrantly false pretences, he has devalued Britain in the eyes of the world and reduced us to a client state of Washington.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Frankel on 9 Jun 2009
Format: Hardcover
This revealing account of the Blair years must rank as one of the most important books of our time. Geoffrey Wheatcroft is to be commended for his diligent exposé.

Anyone who has ever entertained any doubts about the integrity of our ex-prime minister, will have their eyes wide open after reading this damning indictment of one of the most corrupt politicians in British history.

My only regret is that the book clearly hasn't received the publicity it deserves, since I came upon it by mere chance.

Mark Frankel
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106 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2007
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This book titled on a dismissive opening comment by George W. Bush to Blair that was caught by a public microphone when they met at a Summit Conference in 2006, is an exercise in trying to adress one simple question: "Why did Blair end up being such a slave to US policy on Iraq?"

Instead of spending all his efforts in this short 150 page pocket book on the Iraq conflict itself, the author instead focuses on the faults that had developed in the Blair psyche over the prior ten years up to and after this conflict. These start from his opportunistic transformation of his party into "New Labour" and the "third way" (themselves reflecting traits from his education and initial political career and the early usage of the concept of "spin"), through his increasing belief post a landslide election that whatever he said based on the moment and the event was the truth, however fanciful or incorrect. With an increasing lack of accountability to parliament given how he and Brown governed the UK jointly, the fatal flaw in his character developed that was to be so skilfully exploited by the USA.

While this started off under Clinton with the US media in their usual elevation of heroes for the moment adoring him more than he was publicly adored at home (with "Blair for president" bumper stickers), his nemesis came with exposure post 9/11 to Cheney and his neo-conservative policy team. Knowing that the UK could provide much needed credibility to their plans, the manipulation of Blair's psyche and the mis-using of a "special relationship" that merely served to make the UK servile to US interests and Blair's in turn attempted deceit of his own party is concisely detailed.
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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 7 Jun 2007
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In this brief and brilliant essay, journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft tells the story of Blair's premiership, focusing on his disastrous alliance with George W. Bush.

Wheatcroft shows how Blair pursued this alliance against Britain's interests and against the views of the British people. Blair lied to us that Saddam Hussein was a `serious and current threat' to Britain. Blair lied to us that he was pursuing diplomacy, but as early as July 2002 a Downing Street memorandum decreed, "We should work on the assumption that the UK would take part in any military action."

Even Thatcher had warned that we should only "use our force to preserve our way of life. We do not use it to walk into other people's countries, independent sovereign territories." If wherever there is an evil regime, "there the United States shall enter, then we are going to have really terrible wars in the world."

Wheatcroft rightly argues that Bush and Blair should have focused on destroying Al Qa'ida. Instead they attacked the Afghan people and their government, maximising the number of enemies.

On the EU Constitution, Blair said in May 2005, "Even if the French voted no, we would have a referendum. That is a government promise." Just three weeks later, the French voted no and he broke that promise: "there is no point in having a referendum, because of the uncertainty it would produce."

Blair pledged that the EU's scheme for devolution would strengthen the Union between England and Scotland. Secessionists saw that it would help them to break up Britain.

All these facts raise the question, why has this government (like all other previous governments) consistently, systematically, produced results that are the opposite of what they proclaim to be their intentions?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean Michel on 10 Mar 2009
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Anyone who believes in New Labour should read this book. Sure it is dripping with loathing for the man, but it also contains plenty of evidence to support its main thesis; namely, he was not too bright, he was irresponsible and he lied to the British parliament and people on more than one occasion. And oh yes, he had (has) an incredibly inflated opinion about his abilities in all quarters. It probably was produced in a hurry or else employed poor quality proof readers, since there are quite a few minor typographical errors, but these are technicalities.

A good entertaining and at times highly disturbing read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Maxwell on 8 Mar 2014
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Geoffrey Wheatcroft writes an unabashed anti Blair polemic. Almost a monograph in the style of Orwell. Only 154 pages in small format. It is unlikely to be read by supporters of Blair (are there any left) and in that sense it succeeds in its apparent object - to reinforce the reader's prejudice against Tony Blair. The question every page raised within me was how on earth did the Labour Party and the electorate allow this crazed snake oil salesman to rise to Prime Minister? Looking back now (I read the book in 2014) I cringe when I remember his sofa style of government, images of him outside No 10 holding a mug, sleeves rolled up, his nonsensical oratory and his smiling righteousness. Now, in 2014, we see he is utterly irrlevant in any attempt to deal with Middle East politics, we see the nature of his relationship with Rupert Murdoch and his interesting and volatile wife, he is mentioned in the increasingly low life phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey and the universal knowledge that he lied to his cabinet, parliament and the people. We also see the slow descent into ignominy, if that is possible, of Blair's apologist and red top hack, the sour and grim Alistair Campbell. How on earth was this man able to involve himself in, and influence, affairs of state that lead to war?

Wheatcrot's book was published in 2007 so Blair was still in office but not in power. I wonder if GW thinks of an update, or, indeed, if one is needed. Will the last supporter of Blair switch off the lights on this awful, tawdry and noir period of UK politics.
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