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Guilt Money ?.


"As prime minister he witnessed that for himself in Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Kosovo. This is his way of honouring their courage and sacrifice."

He could honour them better by having some shore drafts that last a couple of years.


War Hero
Why do some people have to try and make political capital out of every act? I can almost understand the relatives of the dead wanting a target at whom to vent their feelings, but why does this have to be characterised as 'blood money' rather than 'repaying a debt of gratitude'.


War Hero
Joe_Crow said:
Why do some people have to try and make political capital out of every act? I can almost understand the relatives of the dead wanting a target at whom to vent their feelings, but why does this have to be characterised as 'blood money' rather than 'repaying a debt of gratitude'.
I'm with you Joe. If he'd said nothing and kept the profit from the sale then everybody would be jumping up and down saying he should give the money to charity/worthy cause etc etc.


War Hero
It is no surprise that people a being a little cynicle about Blair's motives.My opoinion is if people want to spend circa £25 on his political ramblings so be it and the British Legion will benefit.Better still they could cut out the middle man and give directly to one of the service charities.


War Hero
Has John Major written his memoirs, if so and he wishes to donate to the same charity.The proceeds could buy at least two tennis balls and a snooker cue for the sports centure. :lol:


War Hero
Joe_Crow said:
Why do some people have to try and make political capital out of every act? I can almost understand the relatives of the dead wanting a target at whom to vent their feelings, but why does this have to be characterised as 'blood money' rather than 'repaying a debt of gratitude'.


War Hero
I don't care if he has made this gesture out of guilt, compassion, generosity or because his bank account is currently just too full to allow him to squeeze any more into it, the bloke is still an arse of the first order and I wouldn't trust him as far as I could throw him.


War Hero
Book Reviewer
The Guardian: "Tony Blair's £5m pledge is not enough" (Pub. 18 Aug 10 by Hadley Freeman)

Luckily, I can think of far better ways to salvage the former prime minister's sorry reputation.

Man, you send 500 British troops to their deaths in two deeply unpopular wars and people just won't ever let it go. Lighten the freak up, guys, yeah?

In a gesture that doubtless (to him, anyway) defines the phrase "damned if I do, damned if I don't", Tony Blair's pledge to donate the proceeds of his upcoming book to the Royal British Legion hasn't gone down quite as well as any old £5m charitable donation might. But then, Blair's humility would be a little easier to swallow if he wasn't also selling a £150, limited-edition version of his book, mocked up to look like the Bible.

Has the offer appeased his media critics? Judging from the immediate TV coverage, with Channel 4's news on Monday juxtaposing images of Blair with those of soldiers with amputated limbs, the answer would seem to come at the "resounding no" end of the response spectrum. Or perhaps Krishnan Guru-Murthy is just harder to appease than God (a concept Blair may believe in varying degrees with regard to many, many other people).

But amid all the questions about how £5m compares to what Blair actually earns from doing such world-improving tasks as advising hedge funds, and whether his money comes from the pocket of "selfless desire to contribute" or the one labelled "improvement of one's self-image", the real critical point has surely been missed here. The man owes at least £50m for inflicting that book title on the public. A Journey? Holy baloney, is this the autobiography of a former prime minister or of Ulrika Jonsson? Blair's long-awaited inner thoughts, or the latest single from Gary Barlow? A serious political tome, or an Oscar speech by Kate Winslet? It is just a damn shame that Sadie Frost nabbed Crazy Days for her soon-to-be-published autobiography, as that would have made a brilliant title for Blair's book, ideally with an exclamation mark.

So, in an homage to the Blair era, I have assembled the greatest image-makers and spinmeisters from the New Labour era – Alastair Campbell, Jo Moore and, of course, Max Clifford – to come up with Masterplan Tony, a list of suggestions that will really repair Blair's image, and for much, much less than £5m. What's not to love?

1. Host The One Show
Regular readers of UK newspapers will now be fully indoctrinated to the idea that hosting this early evening TV show is absolutely the most important job in the country – nay, the world. For Blair to triumph on The One Show . . . well, OK, so the man made a couple of wrong choices while in office; so his taste in friends wasn't what most would call "peerless" (even if he did make a couple of them peers). But, my God, if he could host a show that mixes features about how to film from a pigeon's point of view with an interview with a Hollywood A-lister, well, Tony, national treasure status would be yours. The fact you do not resemble Adrian Chiles – which appears to be the BBC's criterion for hiring male presenters for The One Show – is a potential problem. But scale that one and, frankly, peace in the Middle East, schmeace schmin the, er, Schmiddle . . . oh, you get the picture.

2. Go on The X Factor, sing "If I Could Turn Back Time"
I'm not asking Blair to invent a time machine and go back to right his wrongs. But I am asking him to express the desire to do so, melodically. Just imagine! Tony, coming out of the wings, singing Cher's classic anthem, ideally re-enacting the original video in which she humped a cannon on a warship while surrounded by cheering sailors. I'd forgive the man anything for that.

3. Become protector of British chocolate
I have little patience with the cod-sentimentalism British people feel for their chocolate bars, as it seems to have less to do with the professed aesthetic appreciation of original packaging and taste, and much more to do with equating badly wrapped Kit-Kats with one's childhood when you didn't have to worry about things like electricity bills. Nonetheless, people in this country do seem to see "attacks on" – which is British for "changes to" – their snack foods as analogous to threats to national security. The hoo-hah over the mooted plans for a slightly altered version of the Twix has reaffirmed this, as well as the way some people have used this to bring up, again, the "Marathon/Snickers" scandal – truly, British chocolate's Waterloo moment. If Blair could fend off such future shocks to the national pride, he may well get that long-desired saint status after all.

4. Marry Jennifer Aniston
Everyone loves it when an American celebrity gets together with a British person – and by "everyone", I obviously mean "the British media and Richard Curtis". The excitement in last week's tabloids about the alleged romance between Kelsey Grammar and a British lady would surely pale next to one between Blair and Aniston. A British person being noticed by an American celebrity, and the salvation of the world's most famous single woman! It would be like D-day, but so much better.

5. Hmm, maybe we should just throw money at the problem?
And just like that, we're back to square one...



War Hero
"Our's not to reason why,
But just to do,...and die".

In years gone by the British services went to war when told and did the job.
The public knew only what they were told, and that was probably not a lot of truth, more drum beating propaganda.
With the coming of "education" "IT", and the small world syndrome, everyone is an expert on the inner working of government.
When the thirty year rule, that cloaks all the real reasons that Joe public does not hear, is lifted, then the true reasons behind government action will certainly be revealed.
Fundamentally, the very democratic ideology you think you are fighting for is a myth. Secrecy in matters of state are veils by whoever in the guise of "National Security" to keep you ill informed and in the dark.
Basically you will never know why decisions are made if the powers that be choose not to tell you.
Thirty years of bleating may well prove you to be a "Hero" or "Zero" when the truth outs.
Like expounding the theory of flat earth whilst standing in a hole.
There has very recently been a RR member who was held to ridicule for professing to be privy to inner government policy. But without claiming the same status, many expostulate their own theory on RR, which they of course are very entitled to do. However repetition of an idea does not bring said idea to fact, it remains a theory or point of view.
So until we all know the true facts, grace would dictate we as supporters of the armed forces,(If not serving members) grasp the donation with thanks. Then look at what might be achieved with it and not where it came from.
Hindsight is a gift we do not suffer from.
If on ousting Saddam, the country had entered stability and truly become a democracy with stability, folks would probably have proposed Blair for the Nobel peace prize.
Do I like Blair? would I did I vote for him in office.
Not a Fucking chance.
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