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Blair's claim justified or not ?


oresome

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Tony Blair claims that the last election would have been a much closer run thing had he still been PM.

I suspect he's probably right despite the financial mess we were in at the the time (and still are).

Personality rather than policy seems to be the vote winner. Do you agree?

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fourm member

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The Bloomberg website has a pretty long summary of the two articles appearing in its hardcopy magazine and the business of the 2010 election ranks only two paragraphs out of about 100.

It is an interesting read but you have to get passed a truly scary picture. I don't know if that's how he looks these days or if someone has tried to make him look like a Bond villain.

I suppose people will believe what they want to believe about him. Either he has built a complex empire of companies to work the tax system or he is just trying to keep prying eyes away from what he does because it can be spun against him.

Would he have done better than Brown? I'm not sure. He was certainly a much better politician than Brown in all areas. But, by 2010, most people were onto his lies about Iraq.

The 2010 campaign would, probably, have pretty much had 'is Blair a war criminal?' at its heart.

We'll never know, of course, so you have to wonder why he even entertained the question. Is he really still that angry at Brown? It could be damaging for Labour because it makes all the past denials about 'no rift' look silly and, perhaps, makes future rifts harder to hide.

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rickf

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Wish this idiot Blair would just fade away gracefully

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spider9

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rickf "...this idiot Blair.."

Er, now let me think, how long was he PM, and how many elections did he manage to win?

One might call him many things , but, surely, if he was an idiot where on the scale does that place many other PMs (including the present).

We may have been the idiots, of course, for keeping electing him?? Does that make you feel better?

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Jock1e

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Now you would need to ask yourself who you would really want in charge today.

Would it be David Cameron or Tony Blair and my money would be on Tony Blair.

I think He would have stood a better chance than Gordon Brown who was not very popular.

A lot of folk forget how good we had it under Tony Blair and now we have David Cameron who just wants to take the last penny off everyone except the rich.

Would T/B have won the last election,Maybe,We will never know.All I know is that there is no one in the Labour party strong enough to take his place.

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morddwyd

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Of course it would.

No matter what you think of Blair as a party leader, a PM, a politician or even just as a bloke he has that all important thing in this media age - popular charisma.

Brown doesn't and didn't (neither does Milliband).

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Quickbeam

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Just like Maggie Vs Footie 30 years ago.

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Bing.alau

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If anybody knows of a politician who doesn't tell lies then I will certainly vote for him. I would also be very surprised. Because there is no such animal.

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Quickbeam

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Does WTM even fit that one size?

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oresome

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The electorate wouldn't vote for any politician or party who told it as it is.

Turkeys voting for Christmas springs to mind.

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fourm member

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'A lot of folk forget how good we had it under Tony Blair'

I wonder if the families of servicemen who died in Iraq would agree.

'If anybody knows of a politician who doesn't tell lies'

That's the trouble. When people believe every politician tells lies it becomes easy for someone like Blair.

Most politicians would say they try and tell the version of the truth that puts them in the best light.

Blair lies were deliberate and especially damaging.

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