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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Special Adviser to President Trump or "filling a hole" in British politics?

Tony Blair is positioning himself to return to British politics,

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The British press or at least sections of it, seem to have a morbid fascination with Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair.
In the Express today (20th November 2016) there is a story that Blair could become an adviser to President elect Trump after speculation that the schmoozing former Labour leader might be fishing for a role in Trump's team. Admittedly, Blair's aides have rubbished claims that he’s vying for an advisory role in Donald Trump’s administration, blasting such rumours as “complete nonsense”.
However, with Blair's record of political opportunism and the delusion of his own importance, we never know where this martinet may materialise next.

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On the other hand, perhaps it may be that the story in today’s Sunday Times that could herald the return of Blair to British politics, to play a pivotal role in shaping Britain’s Brexit deal by scouting out a power base in Westminster. It seems that the former prime minister is setting up an institute close to Whitehall and has held talks with senior ministers and officials as he seeks to re-enter British politics.
Describing Theresa May as a "lightweight" and Jeremy Corbyn as a "nutter", Blair once again reveals himself as the saviour of Britain in the face of impending catastrophe and also confirms that his megalomania has not improved.

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Either of these two diametrically opposed possibilities with no doubt more to come over the next months and years, are as perverse as they are absurd. The almost constant media obsession with the former Prime Minster, or the continual conjecture as to what Blair may or may not do next, implies that he has some contribution to make and moreover that the British public are waiting with bated breath for the next epistle to be handed down from the Blair office. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are no doubt a few intractable followers of the self styled "messiah" of politics who believe that Blair and his teachings are the solution to all and every problem facing not only the United Kingdom, but of the whole world. Fortunately, these people are slowly declining in numbers as the damaged caused by his self serving actions, particularly over the years since his resignation from the Premiership, are recognised.
Blair is a discredited and duplicitous politician and the sooner the British media accept that reality and desist from giving column inches to his every utterance, the better.