WHAT a horrible start to the New Year it was. I was surprised how much it affected me to see that Tony Blair was to be offered a ‘K’ by Her Majesty the Queen. All the half-forgotten feelings of fear, loathing and injustice came rushing back. Blair has never really gone away, of course, having been eternally bobbing and weaving on the margins of politics since he left office, but at least we had the solace that he was no longer receiving the accolades he once did: justice, albeit of a very limited kind, had been served as a career based on lies had caught up with him.
Blair was and is unquestionably a political genius: slippery, charming, deceitful, persuasive, manipulative and terrifyingly ruthless in equal measure. He used his undoubted gifts to largely malign effect during those ten horrible years. His Messiah complex meant that to him the ends always justified the means, and right from the start his governments were characterised by a culture of spin, lies and bullying. As we all know, this looking-glass world finally ensnared him, ending with the Iraq War, which to most people is what condemns the man and the government he led.
However, to most social conservatives the destruction of our society and the complete and largely irreversible change in our culture his governments brought about is an even more grievous wound. As Peter Hitchens has long maintained, Blair was the front man for an exceptionally radical administration, his rock-star charisma shielding the actions of colleagues from serious scrutiny. Most malign of all was the deliberate policy of mass immigration, unasked for and unwanted by the British people, destroying what was still a culturally relatively homogeneous society and leaving us with the broken and divided one we have today, leading directly to the rise of ‘Woke’.
His many other crimes are too numerous to list here, but on the off-chance you haven’t already done so, I invite you to sign the petition to have his knighthood revoked. By 11 am today there were well over 700,000 signatures.
It won’t happen, of course, but it will let him know that we have neither forgiven or forgotten and that in the court of public opinion, if sadly not The Hague, he stands eternally condemned.