Friday, 7 July 2017

Thoughts on Tony Blair....... and the Hollow Men.......

Thoughts on Tony Blair.......
As I reflected on the words of Sir John Chilcott and his comments on Tony Blair. I began to reflect and look back. Then these thoughts came. I would be interested in your comments.
It was Tony Blair all along. He began it all. He sought to make Labour electable by making it all things to all people. He went along with George Bush as part of this quest. I remember Margaret Thatcher saying that Blair was her true heir. We have had Chilcott and it is quite clear that he did not listen to experts, those who knew what an invasion of Iraq would bring. Tony Blair destroyed the value and respect of experts and it has continued on.
Tony Blair lit the fuse that destroyed the value of the person who thinks, reads and analyses. No expert was believed, the big lie becomes the truth. Gobbets was right. Now we have had the legacy of June 23 2016, no expert was believed, racism walks our streets and we inherit the consequences. Teflon Tony Blair begot a true heir and that was Teflon Nigel Farage. And so we move from Augustus to Caligula, Tony Blair midwife of Nigel Farage and UKIP and Brexit
Corbyn is beginning to restore what has been lost. But it will take a generation to recover
Tony Blair in destroying knowledge, turning our education system into a server of the employer. We teach bland things but fail to help people think critically. The big lie is believed and we haunted by denial of the truth. Coming in this morning I remembered the words of TS Eliot s poem the Hollow men . And I thought of Tony Blair and the new Labour project

A penny for the Old Guy

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.
The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms
In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

The former PM was "emotionally truthful" but relied on beliefs rather than facts, Sir John Chilcot says.|By BBC News

1 comment:

  1. nice analysis of TB. He is main reason I still will not join Labour. Even with Jeremy Corbyn because Labour is split and half of it is more Tory than even Blair.