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Blair's Britian

rec. 5-14-07

 

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Blair's Britain

Column written 5/13/07

(c) '07 Mumia Abu-Jamal

With the announcement of his imminent stepping down from the post of Prime Minister, Britain's Tony Blair has proven that politicians, even the most gifted, are not immune to public opinion.

Blair's gifts (of gab and quick thinking), are almost legendary. His 10 years at the helm of rambunctious British politics (in post-war years) is only bested by Conservative P.M. Margaret Thatcher, who held power for 11 years.

When he arrived on the scene as a Labour M.P., he described himself as a socialist, according to BBC tapes of the period.

But his political gifts were squandered in the bleeding altar of Iraq.  Beholden to US President George W. Bush, he eagerly played the role of junior partner, until events on the ground (both in Iraq and in Britain) forced a U-turn.

To give his party a fighting shot in future elections, Blair recently announced the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq.  Time will tell if this is enough.

A left critic of Blair's New Labour, Conor Lynch, wrote in a recent edition of Labour and Trade Union Review (Apr. '05) of his party's tendency to sell out  to the ruling classes: They led groups of people who, given their head, had all the instincts of the British ruling class.

That class has always done well in incorporating people from all classes and trends....

This instinct in Labour's politicians came home to me when I first began to get to know Germany in the late 1970's.  German towns and cities were well run and made pleasant places by politicians who believed that it was their vocation to do this.

In Britain the leaders in local government felt that bin collections, house repairs, pretty parks and gardens or street cleaning were beneath them.  They wanted to be changing the whole world with their Nuclear Free Zones and the like.

Look at them today --starting a new war every two or three years.  Their successors in local governments pay themselves handsomely. Councils have "cabinet members", and "chief executives" get more money than the Prime Minister. As for the houses, the bins, the parks, the streets? Look!

With the prisons bursting at the seams and nowhere else to colonize I hope, they must be planning a very big war to cope with the results of the ghettoisation, the 24-hour boozing and the mass gambling that is the legacy of the Labour Party. [Fr.:Lynch, C., "The State of Britain,"L&TUR, (Apr. '07), p.6.]

Tony Blair gave Bush an articulate, pervasive leg up when he needed it most.

Those days are gone.

Time will tell if Labour is gone as well.

(c)'07 maj

[Mr. Jamal's recent book features a chapter on the
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"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

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