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A special treat for tomorrow

The Number 10 site has a run down of Mr Tony's adventures in the first half of the year, so there cannot be a shred of doubt that being quizzed by the redoubtable Yates of the Yard will feature in the July-December highlights, which presumably will be posted tomorrow....
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Anonymous verity said... 5:58 pm

Janice Turner, in today's Times, has a good piece on Blair's pathological celebrity holiday-making.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 9:06 pm

But for his declaration in 2005 not to serve a full 3rd term in Downing St, Bliar would have gone "on and on". Regardless of whatever was/was not agreed with Gordo at Granta in '94. The unscrupulous fucker would have attempted to stay in office beyond 2010. Tell me I'm wrong.The man is a pyschiatric case, TB that is. As for Gordo, abandon all hope....  

Blogger dearieme said... 9:19 pm

Shouldn't a true Tory in Istanbul style himself "Constantinople Conservative"?  

Anonymous verity said... 9:47 pm

I think he'll try to stay on anyway. They'll have to pry his cold, clutching fingers off the doorknob to No 10.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:49 am

Just as a point for all the musclular thinkers on this blog, the Little Green Footballs voting for Idiotarian and Anti-Idiotarian of the year appears to be open to civilians.

I voted for John Bolton, and he is definitely in the lead. But I love all the nominees ... except, perhaps, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, my one-time hero, but the noo I hae ma doots.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 1:02 am

Do you know Verity I think we will quickly wonder if Blair was ever real. His defining crime was lack of principle and consequently a facile attachment to power .The News of the world gave away his make up tips once

“ First there’s a base of Clinique moisturiser, followed by concealer to hide the dark shadows under the eyes, then something to lift the eyes and make them shine and finally a top coat of blusher”.
He was never concerned with reality he just let the forces of his party push one way and the wishes of the people the other . His role was to smarm a bridge across the gaping fissure that widened inexorably over 10 years. This was called “spin” and now the entire polity is infected with it .

Isnt this the reason for what I feel is the unreasonable hatred of Cameron . To be a Conservative came , for me at least , to be not just in favour of certain political principles but also of politics itself .Parliament is now a jaded pantomime played for the children while 80 % of legislation happens in Brussels and the remainder is devised by think tanks and barely examined cabinet level. Legislation has been not only carefully represented the media abut actually formed part of a dialogue with it .

The 1989 Football supporters Act
The 1997 Firearms Act
Dangerous dogs , of course

These are slogans not laws .
This is why when we hear of the Cameroon followership we are so dismayed . When we notice sound bites and vacuous greenery we are nauseated. I believe he is charting the only way back to a healthy political dispensation and a low tax free country but frankly it is a matter of wishing to believe the best out of necessity.

Now I`ve made myself miserable .
Boo Hoo  

Anonymous newmnia said... 1:10 am

Ooo I don`t know that I could possiobly approve of someone (Bolton),called ,'rude' and 'undiplomatic' by Iran's Foreign Ministry .. Verity.

tut tut. Seriously he sounds like a fine fellow to me. I have just been reading a little background. Splendid man  

Anonymous verity said... 1:20 am

Given that I think they are allowing outsiders a vote on the LGF site, I voted for the formidable Mr Bolton. (I don't know whether, as a non-member, it counts.) One very fine, clear-headed individual who should be our next prime minister if there was any justice in the world.

I don't hold your optimism re Cameron. I think he is truly a jerk of his time. But Mr Bolton is simply grand! He loathes the UN and is America's ambassador to it, so is free to do as much damage as he pleases, courtesy the superb Mr Bush who let him off his lead. Bush has something in mind; trust me. Good poker players always do.

Mixed metaphors are always the best.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 7:42 am

thanks for sending us over to the Little Green Footballs polls. I voted for John Bolton too. 'don't much care for the UN either. Never have. I was tempted by a vote for Canadian PM, Mr Harper- a fine chap, anti-PC, etc. But the Idiotarian of the year award is a tough one- so many potential candidates,so many deserving names- Kofi, Chavez,John Kerry etc. But I plumped for the 9/11 conspiracy theorists. Still blaming the Jews/Mossad/CIA, for the events of that terrible day. Interestingly, many of the 9/11 conspiracy theorists also happen to be confirmed Holocaust revisionists.....Fuck-ups the lot of 'em.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:36 am

Morning all. Looks like you've been keeping yourselves amused. Re the poll, John Howard as good guy of the year, and Annan as bad guy of the year.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:09 pm

Croydonian, I repeat: The terms Idiotarian and Anti-Idiotarian are not synonymous with Good Guy and Bad Guy.

They describe woeful, bossy lefties who want to force everyone into their mold - and the good folks who expose them. Cindy Sheehan is an uber Idiotarian, and indeed, I think she won the coveted title last year. (Ooops, no, I just remembered that Jimmy Carter won it last year and Sheehan came in second.) Kofi Anan is not an Idiotarian. He is a thug, a crook, a greedy, sleazy con man. He doesn't want to teach the world to sing in perfect harmoneee. He wants more money. I have told you this before, but you won't listen.

Anti-Idiotarians are people who write forcefully about Idiotarians to expose them. Mark Steyn, for example, and Little Green Footballs itself. Richard Littlejohn is a British Anti-Idiotarian. We don't have any Anti-Idiotarian politicians in Britain, which is a parlous state of affairs. Melanie Phillips is an Anti-Idiotarian.

Kofi Anan is NOT an Idiotarian. Sheeeesh!  

Anonymous verity said... 3:13 pm

PS - Harper has not been in the job long enough to prove himself an anti-idiotarian (although I have high hopes for him). John Howard is my man. He tells the muslims, "If you cannot fit into the Australian way of life, go somewhere you can fit in, but Australia will not be changing one little thing to accommodate you."

Everyone zip over to littlegreenfootballs.com and vote.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:16 pm

Finally, Jimmy Carter won it two or three years in a row and so to break the predictability, Charles (LGF) gave him a Lifetime Idiotarian Achievement Award and retired him from the list.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:24 pm

Well, I just nipped over to LGF and see that Charles has made a mockery of my previous post and has put Kofi Anan back in as a candidate. This surprises me.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:02 pm

V - Indeed, and the distinction was duly noted, but I was keeping it simple (if not clear). In my reckoning, KA did enough in both terms of words and deeds to count as an idiotarian during his tenure. Anyway, let us not fall out over issues of definition.  

Anonymous hg said... 5:56 pm

Benedict XVI, who is really Benedict XV because of the anti-pope at Benedict X, takes my vote for his 'if you can't beat them join them' laid back early-life views, his willingness to cope with roman numbers, and for his admiration for Benedict XV (really Benedict XIV, see above) who canonised Joan of Arc, the outstanding anti-idiotarian of all time.  

Anonymous verity said... 11:57 pm

I just think Anan spouts idiotarian garbage but he's after the money. But there don't seem to be many people on the LGF list that one can really hate, other than Anan. John Kerry's too much of a jerk to count, Jimmy Carter's been retired with a Lifetime Idiotarian Achievement Award, I don't know who Olberman is, Chavez is another opportunist, not an Idiotarian. Like Anan, a Smartarian who knows how to get money and how to hide it. Like Jessie Jackson.

Croydonian, I wish you would run a British - European, even - idiotarian competition. Fun for the whole family.

That Jasmin Ali-whatever woman. Inayat Bunglawangla - can't remember his name.

I nominate for Anti-Idiotarians on our side of the pond, Sarkarov, Richard Littlejohn and Melanie Phillips. Also, there's a Dame Elizabeth something who sounds like a good cove ...

And Croydonian, but you are probably far too modest ...  

Anonymous Verity said... 12:04 am

In today's world, I think Pope Benedict has set a complex plan in motion and I admire him wholly for it. (I am not a Catholic.)

You could have a generic idiotarian candidate of Any Labour Councillor.  

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