Blair’s Chair


Some things really do defy commentary. It appears that, as Mr Tony Blair finally leaves office, he’s going to be appointed by the Quartet (a cabal of the big imperialist powers) as “peace envoy” to the Middle East. Yup, that’s right, the junior invader of Iraq is going to carry lots of credibility as an honest broker for peace. Are the Quartet taking the piss? I mean, why not appoint Rumsfeld?

Mr Tony’s first task will be to aid the cause of the Palestinians by supporting the Fatah coup and coordinating punishment of Hamas for the crime of, er, thinking the election results meant anything. This is a bit like the way, every time Serbia has an election, the EU sends in the diplomatic SWAT teams to ensure that the Radicals can’t form a government no matter how many votes they get. In the same way, the Palestinians have got a Henry Ford democracy where you can have any government you like, as long as it’s Fatah.

And, just to underline the great man’s peacemaking credentials, it is reported that Liverpool University’s Institute of Irish Studies is establishing a Mr Tony Blair Chair in his honour. The Institute, by the way, is run by one of our most prominent revisionist historians, Marianne Elliott, and the Blair Chair is being endowed by – guess who – the Dublin government. Nice one Bertie!


  1. Andy Newman said,

    June 27, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Liverpool University’s Institute of Irish Studies is establishing a Mr Tony Blair Chair in his honour.

    I hope it runs at 240 volts.

  2. ejh said,

    June 27, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Blair obviously does appeal to a certain enormously-superior strain in Dublin political circles and it must be days since I went off on one about them. Idris?

  3. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 27, 2007 at 11:03 am

    But you have to remember what Blair’s done for the Dublin political class. He’s been instrumental in keeping the Black North a thousand miles away.

  4. Idris of Dungiven said,

    June 27, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Does Blair have personal appeal to Dublin 4? I’m not so sure. Remember these people have swapped one false idol (‘800 years of oppression’ nationalism) for another (born-again Empire Loyalism). Blair is not really good material for tugging your forelock to.

  5. ejh said,

    June 27, 2007 at 11:46 am

    I’d have thought he had a certain appeal, yes, to people who think:

    1. Ireland should have fought with Britain in WWII because liberal democracy should make war on totalitarianism and imperialism doesn’t matter ;

    2. whatever the professional classes want is good and whatever organised labour wants is backward ;

    3. we are the civilised minority and it’s really hard having to cope with the rest of you.

    In other words his instincts are their instincts.

  6. Idris of Dungiven said,

    June 27, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Three very good points there, ejh, but in their house organ the Irish Times I’ve not seen anything of an O.B.N. nature with regard to Mr. Tony. I used to be unable to stand the IT, btw, but I’ve realised that obnoxious though it is, it’s still a better paper than anything Fleet street currently puts out.

    Interestingly (or not) I dropped in on a couple of my cousins in London the other weekend. They would have been D4s if it were not the fact that they went to a Gaelscoil, and have more than just the cupla focal

  7. Idris of Dungiven said,

    June 27, 2007 at 11:54 am

    And as I would have said if I’d finished that post before hitting the submit comment button, they don’t have the attitudes of the D4s where Britain is concerned.

  8. franklittle said,

    June 27, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Fisk had a piece on it in the London Independent recently:

    “I remain overwhelmed that this vain, deceitful man, this proven liar, a trumped-up lawyer who has the blood of thousands of Arab men, women and children on his hands is really contemplating being “our” Middle East envoy.”

    Frankly, like most I am sure, I’m getting sick and tired of Fisk sitting on the fence on issues like this.

  9. Idris of Dungiven said,

    June 27, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    To go back to Marianne Elliott. . . what sort of revisionist is she? I mean, there’s some obnoxious ones, but is she obnoxious herself? The Catholics of Ulster got some good reviews, after all.

  10. Bern said,

    July 2, 2007 at 5:24 am

    The grotesque idea implied by the honour to Blair, is that he is a man of peace.

    Marianne Elliot’s statement receiving the funding for it is completely bland, omitting any reference to Blair’s principal international role as ally with the US in invading and occupying Afghanistan and Iraq. The most recent suggestion by epidemiologists is that a million lives may have been lost as a result, mostly of civilians.

    By her silence Marianne Elliot is making a political statement, in effect endorsing the war crimes of Blair, just as is Bertie O’Hearn, the source of the funding, who has the blood of Iraqis directly on his hands for allowing the fleets of US bombers to use Ireland as a staging post on their war to Iraq.

    Professor Elliot is a “revisionist” Irish historian, and that is of course her right. But whereas her historical work is subject to openly debated, and criticism, endowing a “chair” in Blair’s name is to attempt to foreclose debate, and draw a favourable conclusion on his
    political career, by administrative declaration, even in relation to NI.

    One must wonder what sort of scholar will want to be called the “Blair Professor of Irish History”(sic), and what sorts of students will want to be associated with the Liverpool Institute of Irish Studies ?

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