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May 27, 2006

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Alex

It's weird that he considers "globalisation" - a concept quite emptied of meaning by political quacking anyway - and "security/insecurity" to be opposed. World trade and communication has always been maximum when security has been - in the 1990s, the 1960s, the 1900s.

Oddly, though, the significance of what is communicated seems to be inversely proportional to global security (the cuckoo clock principle).

Bob B

It's hardly surprising that Blair wants to discourage interest in history.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1983 on a manifesto that would have commtted an incoming Labour government to negotiate Britain's withdrawal from the European "Common Market", take the commanding heights of the British economy into state ownership and unilaterally give up nuclear weapons, all positions that he is now directly opposed to. As an active supporter of CND, he was opposed to the Thatcher-Reagan agreement to base American cruise missiles at Greenham Common during the 1980s.

History includes the awkward fact that the Labour front bench Treasury speakers in 1990 - John Smith and Gordon Brown - enthusiastically supported John Major's proposal to sign Britain up for the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in October 1990. History also includes Blair's enthusiasm for signing Britain into joining the Euro in 1997 - whereas prudent Brown wanted to wait and see pending an assessment of the famous five tests.

History includes:

"Tony Blair told President George Bush that he was 'solidly' behind US plans to invade Iraq before he sought advice about the invasion's legality and despite the absence of a second UN resolution, according to a new account of the build-up to the war published today."
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,1700881,00.html

And that despite Blair's keynote speech to the Chicago Economic Club in April 1999 in which he said:

"If we want a world ruled by law and by international co-operation then we have to support the UN as its central pillar."
http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page1297.asp

dearieme

It's hysterical guff which could only be propounded by someone who knows no history. Ignorant loathsome wee twat.

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