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

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Product details

  • 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,522 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

About the Author

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is a household name, an author, commentator and journalist. His most recent book was The Strange Death of Tory England. His journalism appeals across a broad spectrum. He has regularly written for the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Spectator, The TLS, The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly. He lives near Bath and is married to the painter and fashion designer Sally Muir.


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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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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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A quite superb book. It's a short volume but a very well structured, researced and throught out polemic deconstructing Tony Blair's reign as PM. Every page is dripping with contempt for Blair's loathesome tenure and government. If you voted Labour in the past, reading this will be cathartic and you'll think again next time you are in the voting booth. At the end of the book, you are left wondering how many people could have been fooled for so long, and how many are still being fooled.
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By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
Just a couple of weeks after Prime Minister Blair has departed office, it is amazing how quickly he is forgotten. This little book will remind you of the wasted years, the squandering of a huge parliamentary majority on self-agrandising policies that will make the Blair legacy a running sore for years to come.

This book will appeal to many people, not only those who are interested in politics, for the failures of the Blair years effect us all, not least the on-going situation in Iraq. Wheatcroft reminds us of how much we have all been humiliated by the Blair government, not least by our subservience to the USA, which has been an emabarrasment even from the time of Blair's first visit to President Bush.

The benefit of reading a book like this, is it reminds the reader of so many failures and embarrassments that are fading into the mists of time - the Ecclestone affair, the Millenium Dome, the Mandleson mini-scandals, Carole Caplin and so many others. Wheatcroft effectively links these together by providing a running narrative showing the underlying current of egotism and spin that so marked the Blair government.

The book is written with the passion of a writer who feels deeply about his topic and races along from topic to topic. It is an enjoyable read in the sense that it holds the attention. It is also deeply depressing to see the last ten years summarised so compactly in a book stuffed full of outrage about what we have had to endure from the likes of Campbell, Prescott, Reid and all those other members of the Blair Regime.
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