When Tony Blair opens his mouth, it is rare for his comments to inspire or please those of us who voted for his Party during the 1990’s and into the early years of the Millennium. However sometimes I wonder if the public response to his words are proportionate. It seems as though the sight of his face is enough to set of an angry reaction from many people irrespective of what message he is trying to deliver. However his latest words of ‘wisdom’ do deserve to receive an angry reaction although it is hard to think of a way of getting this response to him. I met him twice when he was Prime Minister, but think they were the only times our paths will ever cross, and he is so impervious to criticism that even if he was in the same room, I cannot imagine him listening
Tony Blair was commenting following the debate in our Parliament in response to the words of another man who claims to be suited to leading a major National Government. The decision by Parliament to discuss banning Donald Trump from entering the UK was clearly a controversial matter for our representatives to spend time on, bearing in mind how much it costs to run Parliament and how reluctant they are to debate matters that are a great deal more important. However democracy does lead to some very strange outcomes. According to this article in todays Daily Express our erstwhile Prime Minister said banning Mr Trump would not be “sensible” for the UK “You can get petitions of half a million people on virtually anything nowadays.” and “However much I may disagree with what he says, I don’t think that would be a sensible course of action to take.” I recall the point at which my own view of Blair hit the ground. It was when despite me and 2 Million other people spending the day in London to plead with him and his Government not to go to war in Iraq, that they and her Majesty’s opposition chose instead to ignore the electorate that were the source of their legitimacy. The same is true of this comment about the half a Million people who signed the petition. I personally did not support the petition, even though Trump is clearly not to be trusted with the running of a Scottish golf course, let alone one of the worlds largest democracies. However if so many people call on the Government, it is vital that their representatives show they are listening, and willing to respond to the concerns. Tragically although Tony Blair does not trust any of the people who signed the Trump petition, or those of us who called on him not to wage war with our money and the lives of our sons and nephews he is apparently happy to trust the small number of wealthy people who help to fund his foundation, or the small number of people willing to pay him obscenely large sums to speak after they have eaten a nice meal. We need a new generation of democrats to help lead our nation. Let us hope they sound nothing like Blair or Trump!