Tony Blair was last night accused of a “flagrant” breach of Covid-19 restrictions, after failing to self-isolate for a fortnight after a two-day trip to the US on a private jet….
Former prime minister pictured at Mayfair restaurant 10 days after White House visit, having ‘not been given exemption’
BREXITEERS have slapped down Guy Verhofstadt after he made a dig about Brexit in a Twitter post.
The National Press always want it their way, but yes, they should be transparent and ‘Conflicts of Interest; should be made public.
How do we know that this interest in ;Harry and Meghan; may also be a Conflict of Interest.
The press state that Harry and Meghan should not have ‘their cake and eat it’, but it appears it is OK for The Press to do so. Hypocrisy in all its connotations.
Harry and Meghan and suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter from Megan to her father. And today, that bastion on the British press – and as the late Terry Wogan used to say of the Beeb, ‘there are many basty ‘uns in there’ – the MoS set out its defence. It’s the old ‘public interest’ argument. They’re going to argue that Meghan and Harry don’t have the same right to privacy as the rest of us, because they’re private correspondence and activities are of interest to the public. Zelo Street has put up a piece demolishing it by showing how circular the argument is. The letter, and anything else the royal couple writes or does, is of interest to the public because the press tells them it is. Zelo Street states
‘What the MoS is setting out in its defence is that what it did is…
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Former prime minister Tony Blair was seeking funding from the EU while lobbying for a second referendum, it has been reported. The ex-Labour leader pushed this year for a second referendum and has
Tony Blair took a dig at Britain’s departure from the Brussels bloc as he discussed the future of the country. Asked about the future of devolution in 20-years time, and how to make it work, Mr Blair commented on “escaping the problems of Brexit”. In an interview with the Institute for Government, he said: “Well, apart from the obvious, immediate thing of escaping from the problems of Brexit, I think we should think more carefully about how we have a British and UK identity and not just an English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh identity. I think that’s important.
Tony Blair’s latest controversy should leave Labour with no choice but to expel him from the party.
The former prime minister has escaped exile one too many times. But his actions are indefensible. And his most recent fail should surely be the final straw.
Blair has just been photographed smiling alongside Brazil’s fascist president Jair Bolsonaro. The former Labour leader met Bolsonaro at the World Economic Forum and looked more than happy posing alongside the openly racist and homophobicpresident.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused one of her predecessors, Tony Blair, of “undermining” the Brexit negotiations by calling for a second referendum.
“For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served,” she said, in comments widely reported by British media.
Ex-UK prime minister Blair told Euronews on Friday that he had been lobbying European leaders to prepare for a second vote.
“I need to get the European leaders to the next stage, which is to realise the probability is it [a second referendum] is going to happen and they have got to prepare for it,” he said.
“One important component of any such re-fought referendum will be whether Europe is prepared to meet what are not just British concerns around immigration but Europe-wide concerns.”
The government is opposed to any further referendum, saying the public already made a clear choice on the matter in 2016.
MPs were due to vote on Tuesday on May’s Brexit deal, but it was postponed, with the prime minister admitting that it would have been “rejected by a significant margin”.
Tony Blair’s re-emergence in British political debate in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum serves as a stark reminder of how quickly history can move.
Here is a man who, just over ten years ago, looked to have recast our politics as decisively, in his own way, as had Margaret Thatcher before him. New Labour were the natural party of government, and under David Cameron the Tories were scrambling to wrest ownership of the Blairite orthodoxies from the resentful grip of Gordon Brown.
Now? Writing just after the referendum in 2016, Andrew Rawnsley offered a guided tour of the rubble of Blair’s project. He identified three “pillars of Blairism”: an ‘electable’ (moderate) Labour Party; Britain engaged with Europe; and an interventionist foreign policy. Then he wrote:
Dr David Kelly hit the headlines after he let slip to a journalist that Tony Blair’s claim that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq could deploy Weapons of Mass Destruction in 45 minutes was, at best, “dubious”.
The claim was a major plank of the former Prime Minister’s argument to join the USA in an invasion of the country.
The case has sparked a number of conspiracy theories that Dr Kelly was murdered by the intelligence services.
Now in his new book, An Inconvenient Death – How The Establishment Covered Up The David Kelly Affair, Mr Goslett investigates the actions of the Government after Dr Kelly, 59, was found dead at Harrowdown Hill, two miles from his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, on July 18 2003.
The weapons expert had given evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee on July 15 where he was asked about his alleged involvement in leaking information to BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan about the Government’s so-called “dodgy dossier” arguing the case for war with Iraq being “sexed up”.
Dr Kelly had earlier been named in the press as Mr Gilligan’s source, something the civil servant denied.
In his new book, Mr Goslett wrote of the moment the body was discovered with some explosive new claims.
He wrote: “At the time the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was on a plane travelling between Washington DC and Tokyo.”