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Oh dear....

Sticking to the topic of vanity projects cooked up by superannuated politicians who just will not let go, that Mr Tony is back. With a bang.

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, brace yourself for "The Tony Blair Faith Foundation". Yes, really.

"On May 30 in New York, Blair, 55, formally unveils The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which, among other things, is dedicated to proving that collaboration among those of different religious faiths can help address some of the world's most pressing social problems".

Doubtless this will end up as being about as significant as The Elders, but meanwhile time to engage in a little light kremlinology to see what Tone has to say about Brown:

"The worst thing in politics...is when you're so scared of losing support that you don't do what you think is the right thing. What faith can do is not tell you what is right, but give you the strength to do it.

Ho ho ho.

Elsewhere, we discover that Ruth 'wrong crowd' Turner is heading the TBFF (1), and that the writer thinks 'Blair's wife is a devout Catholic'. I think the Pope might have something to say on that score. Blair wants to end malaria, a laudable aim: "If you got churches and mosques and those of the Jewish faith working together to provide the bed nets that are necessary to eliminate malaria".

Consider, however, the map below:

Not many Jews or Muslims in some of those areas, are there?

Further digging shows that the foundation's site is live, if not very lively. Turns out that 'The foundation will work with Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists', which is a bit raw on Taoists, Zoroastrians, Jains, Ba'hais etc etc. Let alone the 800 million adherents of Chinese folk religion.

(1). Which also stands for The Bahamas Film Festival, Taipei Book Fair Foundation, Texas Black Film Festival, Thunder Bay Fly Fishers and the Thomas B Fordham Foundation.


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Blogger ScotsToryB said... 6:14 am

He does not appear to understand what malaria is.

'New DDT' anyone?


Anonymous Benedict 600 said... 11:15 am

This is the same Catholic convert who forbade any discussion of abortion, lest it make anyone who'd had one feel guilty.  

Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 1:40 am

Quite a few of the faith in Mexico but I take your point.  

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