Swan Song

Finally got to listen to Tony Blair’s farewell speech via the internet. 

Great speech.

On many issues in his list of achievements, I believe he had every right to speak with pride.  And he was quite justified in celebrating the Labour party’s many successful social policies.  That said, I would definitely dispute, or at least question some of the policies he hailed as a success.  And I was dismayed to watch a Labour party cheering plans for nuclear energy!  The Labour party collectively, has failed in other areas too but this isn’t about bashing the Labour party so I’ll save it for another time.

Blair’s failing as an individual, was for me, his unwavering loyalty to a totally one-sided partnership with Bush and his unquestioning willingness to sacrifice the will of the majority of the British people (and many politicians) in order for Bush Inc. to have its oil war.   It would be interesting, incidentally, to see how a Brown/Bush relationship evolves.

As I said, great speech of course.  Very emotional.  And some touching and genuinely sincere tributes.  Almost made me change my mind and wish he was staying…little feelings of doubt and regret creeping into my mind.  “What are you guys doing?  Who can ever replace that?”   And no-one could deny his words when he said….“I know New Labour would never have happened, and three election victories would never have been secured, without Gordon Brown,’’

But his oratory skills have never been in question.  We’ve always known he was a great speaker and a great debater.  And naturally gifted speakers are well able to invoke emotion.   Good actors can do the same.   He performs well to the crowds and don’t we all just love an emotional, spine-tingling, goose-pimply performance. 

Anyhoo, I’ll finish off by quoting his final (dare I say it) Christ-like words:

But, in the years to come, wherever I am, whatever I do. I’m with you. Wishing you well. Wanting you to win.” 


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by misslionheart on September 26, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    I’m not a political person, and I never have been, but imagine the stress the man has had to deal with in his years as Leader. Hats off to *anyone* who chooses to deal with the troubles of their country. Its a hard enough task to cope as a parent of four, let alone leader of 60 million! Good luck Mr Blair.


  2. £180,000+ pa helps him to choose to deal with the troubles of his country.

    I’m not really all that qualified myself to make any intelligent political comments. I don’t have the time to keep up to date and to be honest, I’ve lost interest.

    But I will say, Blair’s foreign policy killed thousands of innocent people and deeply perpetuated the troubles in the Middle East so excuse me if I don’t join you in wishing him luck.

    Blair doesn’t need any luck anyway. When he leaves Westminster he will be moving in higher circles and earning pots more money than he does now.


  3. Dear Earth. Glenda Jackson is an actor, too, and an orator; but wouldn’t it be interesting to see what kind of truth is carried in the words from Hampstead? http://www.gnuzworks.com


  4. Hi Phrenseed
    I don’t know much about Glenda’s acting talents because I’ve only seen one film that she was in – A Touch of Class. But she’s a traditionally left-wing politician and I have the greatest respect for her.
    Hmm…now there’s a thought. Maybe she should stand for the leadership post. She’d certainly put the socialist back into Labour.


  5. […] speech!  It’s not his oratory skills that we should be judging him by.  Tony Blair was a great speaker and look at his political […]


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