When US President Donald Trump began his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, laughter erupted from the hall. “In less than two years,” Trump said, “my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the entire history of our country.” There was a pause. Then Trump continued, “America’s – so true” – but he was interrupted by laughter.
Not laughter at a joke that Trump had cracked. Nothing like that. The laughter was directed at him. “Didn’t expect that reaction,” Trump said, “but that’s OK.” There was more laughter, even raucous laughter.
Source: No laughing matter: Trump’s speech threatens world order and peace | Asia Times
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:
Source: Are Blair’s Brexit interventions about more than just rewriting his legacy? | Conservative Home
Donald Trump and his media allies have convinced millions of Americans that there’s no such thing as the truth
Source: Now all news is “fake news”: The right’s war against truth goes back long before 9/11 – Salon.com
Former prime minister Tony Blair is deluding himself if he believes he has support for a comeback in British politics, according to a new poll. Mr Blair, who led the Labour Party in government from 1997 to 2008, is said to be critical of both Prime
Source: Tony Blair – not wanted nor needed – AOL News UK
Much of the furore surrounding the Iraq war report focused on the failings of Tony Blair. But there were other, crucial findings that shouldn’t be ignored
Source: Five things you may have missed about the Chilcot inquiry | Louise Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian
British Prime Minister Tony Blair told U.S. President George W. Bush eight months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq “I will be with you, whatever”, and relied on flawed intelligence and unsatisfactory legal advice, a seven-year inquiry concluded on Wednesday.
Source: Blair denies lying as inquiry damns handling of Iraq War | Reuters