A Diary by Sarah Louise Lambert

Archive for July, 2016

You Couldn’t Write This Shit!

The aftermath of the “Brexit” vote has left the UK in a pretty strange place. David Camoron, remember him? Well, after campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU, and losing; he decided to resign. We now have a new Prime Minister, Theresa May, or “Maggie May” as she is known in these parts, for her resemblance to the Thatcher Bitch… Maggie.

Labour, currently billed as, Her Majesties Opposition… are themselves in turmoil, embroiled in an internal leadership battle… and it could get worse! Their current leader Jeremy Corbyn is a hard left wing, old style Labour politician; while most of his colleagues are more biased  towards the centre, so some have tried to oust him in a coup d’etat. The outcome of which is still to be decided.

Now, I am sure you know all this anyway. You may be a Conservative voter, and be currently basking in the radiated light of Maggie May. You may be a Labour supporter, and be worried about it’s future. You may however be like me, and just watch from the sidelines, with an expression of… WTF!

Politics changed in the late 1990’s when Tony Blair won a Labour landslide, I don’t personally remember anyone before Blair. Thatcher, and John Major were around in my childhood years, but Tony Blair arrived I am told like a breath of fresh air… Cool Brittania was here, but sadly, Tony was not what he made himself out to be.

Labour had been out of office since 1979, some 18 years spent in the wilderness, the country had grown tired of “Socialism”, Thatcher’s reign had seen to that. So, “New Labour” was born, with radical new ideas, and new allegiances formed, and with the backing of Rupert Murdoch, and his shit rag newspaper, the Daily Scum, in swept Tony Blair.

To win this landslide victory of course, Labour, or “New Labour” as it was called, had to ditch it’s traditional “Left Wing” ideals. New Labour was now a party of the centre, the only way to beat the Conservatives was to become… more Conservative. These ideals won Tony Blair 3 elections, but the Labour Party was changed forever. New politicians joining New Labour during Blair, and Gordon Browns reign would be far different from those who were around when Labour was staunchly left wing.

Here we are in 2016, and Labour have a leader in Jeremy Corbyn who at 67, harks back to the years Labour spent in exile. A hard left wing socialist, and let’s be honest here, the Blair supporters and the Brown supporters, just don’t recognise this as Labour. Labour isn’t a left wing party anymore, apart from one or two, like Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. Labour’s ideals are just a fraction to the left of the Conservative government; a fact which can be seen by looking at how Labour MP’s vote on important issues.

The vast majority of Labour MP’s vote in favour of most Conservative policy. In fact, some Conservative policy was stolen from Labour back in the Ed Miliband days. So, Labour are not in opposition to the Conservatives in the true sense, they are in fact allies. They share so many values they may as well re-brand Labour as “New Conservative”.

The electorate, us, don’t have any choice anymore. All the major parties are fighting over the middle ground, they all want to represent the voter with money.

Now, you may not agree with me, you may think that calling the current Labour Party a faction of the Conservative Party is just me being stupid, or me trying to be clever, so I would ask you this. Which Conservative Policies were firstly Labour ideas, and if a Labour party did come to government, what would you like it to change?

Would you like the Unions to have more power? Would you tax the rich at a higher rate, a rate above 50%? Would you take Rail. Gas, Electricity, Water, Royal Mail, Telecoms, back into public ownership?

Controversy recently as it emerged that Donald Trumps wife, Melania, made a speech using words and phrases used by Michelle Obama. Michelle used the phrases in her “would-be” future first lady’s speech, nearly eight years ago. Also, Donald Trump thanked Melania on Twitter, using the same words Barack Obama used to thank Michelle.

OK, we’ve all seen the speeches side by side, and you will make your own mind up whether it was plagiarism or not. What I would like to point out is this. All politicians make speeches, and to a greater or lesser extent, their spouses become part of the theatre too. In the UK, they tend to take a back seat, they are seen, but rarely heard.

But all politicians speak to the public, it’s part of their job to speak publicly on a wide range of current topics. Some do it well, some do badly. Barack Obama is considered to be a great speaker, but he once thanked himself for attending a function, so even the best make mistakes reading the autocue notes.

Tony Blair spoke effortlessly, without any autocue, and without any notes at all, many times. In fact he started a fashion, where those who followed him tried to speak without notes… some failed miserably; forgetting important issues which should have been mentioned.

But despite Blair’s ability, and Miliband’s inability to remember a speech, or Obama’s dramatic delivery… or Melania’s misfortune, they all have speech writers!

See… you may think all these people speak with conviction, Blair, Obama all deliver what we believe to be their own thoughts straight from the heart, when in fact, all these words they spew forth, the phrases, the sentences, were written by someone else!

Then let me ask. Who’s shit are we buying into ?

It’s pretty obvious, that if Barack Obama can read an autocue and thank himself for attending a function, then Barack Obama will read just about anything from an autocue and say it out loud…

This is likely why, when pressed for detail on what a politician said in a speech, a politician shy’s away from providing detailed rhetoric, because in reality, they haven’t got a clue what was said. It’s just words on a screen! They just read other peoples stuff!

Barack Obama came to power on a phrase. “Change”! “Yes we can”! And when you analyse that phrase, it actually doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a buzzword, or a buzzphrase. Now we have Clinton’s latest buzzshit… “I’m with her”… what does that mean? Nothing much, it’s just as meaningless as “Yes we can”!

The Americanism has reached our shores, the buzzwords and the meaningless phrases make up much of our politics too. And it’s sad don’t you think, that a politicians conviction belongs to a behind the scenes speech writer, and his or her services are for sale.

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Blair Witch

“I will be with you, whatever”

Not a line from a cheap and tacky Get Well Soon card, this is a memo from Tony Blair to George W. Bush back in 2001, mentioned prominently in the Chilcot report published yesterday. The Chilcot report by Sir John Chilcot is a 2.5 million word document on the Iraq war, which began in 2003.

The ex Prime Minister spoke live on TV yesterday, and took questions from the press, in all, a 2 hour marathon.

Blair is a master speaker, like Obama, he knows how to deliver a speech, how to get a point over. He knows everyone will hang on every word, dissect every statement, and he also knows body language is all important in the final analysis.

Blair read his reply to Chilcot, giving his side of what happened in the days after 9/11 and the build up to invading Iraq. Now, let’s be very very very clear… there is, and was, no connection made between Saddam Hussein and 9/11. The invasion of Iraq was because Saddam was believed to have weapons of mass destruction. Blair in fact wrote a memo to Bush, stating that any links between Saddam and 9/11 were tenuous. Yet time and time again, yesterday, Blair drew upon the 9/11 event to justify the Iraq invasion.

Blair read his reply to Chilcot, in a broken voice, the “on the edge of tears” voice. Brilliant coaching in my opinion. He must have practiced that for hours. Over and over, getting that tone. However, after he had read from his speech, a comfort zone where he knew what was coming next, he then invited live questions from the assembled press. The questions were quite cutting, and Blair fumbled for answers, stumbled to keep the sad voice, and at times verged on anger… almost a “how dare you question me” you weren’t there maaaaaan!

Blair drew on hindsight quite often, Chilcot’s report, the journalist’s questions are all with the benefit of hindsight.

In my opening quotation, written by Blair… “I will be with you… whatever”! There lies the key to everything which happened afterwards. No matter what Blair says about the following line in the memo, about seeking UN sanctions, the memo opens with those words… “I will be with you… whatever”! The “whatever” overrides anything which is written after that opening statement.

In the UK, we have a Prime Minister and senior Members of Parliament who form what is known as a Cabinet. Essentially, these MP’s look after various parts of our daily life. There is a Minister of Health, another for Education and so on… these Ministers are all part of a team (Cabinet) in times of great importance.

So, shouldn’t Blair’s memo have said… “We will be with you… whatever”?

In fact, Blair didn’t consult his senior MP’s over Iraq, he relied on political Aids and others close to him. That’s why the memo states… I rather than We.

The USA were going to invade Iraq anyway, no matter what. Most European countries opted out, waiting for a UN mandate, but the UK however, committed itself to war. A minor role maybe in terms of size of armies… but Tony Blair wanted to show George Bush “our” solidarity with the USA… like some lapdog wanting a pat on the head for not crapping on the carpet.

Back in 2003, there were many who took to the streets of London, protesting against the impending war, hundreds of thousands held banners pleading with Blair not to put us in an illegal war. But he did. No notice was taken, no shaky sad voice back then, no crocodile tears… only BRAVADO! Tony the warrior, filmed with our soldiers, the leader in a pure white shirt, no tie. But Tony wouldn’t be fighting, Tony wouldn’t loose any limbs, Tony wouldn’t die in a heap of sand. Tony was too busy perfecting how “hard men” walk, with his friend George Dubbya… a man who can’t even find a door, or string 4 words together without forgetting what the 3rd one was.

But the very important question surely must be, when did Blair decide to go to war, was it after consultation with his team of advisors in 2003, or was it on the day he wrote that personal memo to Bush in 2001…?

That memo is the smoking gun…