Anthony (“Tony”) Charles Lynton Blair did not enjoy the most promising of starts to his political career. Granted, he was elected UK Prime Minister in May 1997 on a landslide vote, and went on to win the two subsequent elections he fought against the evil Conservatives; however, his unashamed embracing of capitalism through the modernised ‘New Labour’ movement came as a slap-in-the-face to ‘Old’ Labour’s traditional left-wing support.
Today, many of Blair’s original critics have found their hero through current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, a man who admittedly shows great promise. It is a pity, however, that Blair’s legacy seems tainted in such people’s minds; only when we look at the bigger picture through the lense of history do we appreciate that Britain has rarely had such leadership as that which Blair provided.
If Tony Blair began his career viewed as a mere politician, he is destined to end it as perhaps the most accredited of all living statespeople (formerly ‘statesman’). What exactly is the difference, you ask?
Well, whereas run-of-the-mill politicians are generally seen as hypocritical, unethical, scheming parasites (unless they are Democrats), a statesperson is principled, has scruples and is intensely motivated by the desire to act for the ‘greater good’. When invited to support a new piece of legislation, a mere politician typically asks ‘what is in it for me?‘, whereas a statesperson often neglects his/ her own interests for a nobler cause.
We first learnt that Tony Blair might finally be the man to rise above trivial party politics when, together with Bush (once extremely evil, but now gradually being revised to progressive status), he saved the world from Saddam Hussein. Acting on cast-iron intelligence that Iraq could employ its vast arsenal of chemical weapons within 45-minutes of Saddam’s order, Blair summoned all his reserves of courage and the UK parliament to rid the world of this grave threat. Lesser men warned that there was no substance to this ‘intelligence’, but these were cowards who simply lacked the will to remove the tyrant responsible for 9/11. Against countless critics like the late Robin Cook, Blair fought hard to ensure Saddam would pay the ultimate price for destroying world peace. He must also take credit for the largely peaceful places that certain parts of Iraq have become today.
Whatever the right-wing gutter press might claim, Blair always acted within international law; this point was especially important to him which is why he spent many days in heated discussions with the then UK Attorney General, Peter Goldsmith, to ensure that the latter signed off on an opinion justifying Blair’s decision to take the UK to war with Iraq. Goldsmith admitted to having had ‘grave doubts’ about the legality of the war and reportedly performed a ‘U-Turn’ before signing his opinion. It is only with hindsight that we can see the success Blair made of Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, but this was not a given at the time. Blair’s actions comprise an example of accredited statesmanship that even Winston Churchill would have been proud of.
Perhaps an even greater accomplishment than bringing peace to the Middle East was making Britain the multicultural oasis it is today. As he toured Britain in the first years of government, Blair never ceased to be struck by the desperate ethnic poverty of vast swarths of Britain. Blair saw, he wept, and decided to act.
Stumbling upon the writings of a man called Mr. Coudenhove-Kalergi, Blair got to work by welcoming as many immigrants as were prepared to make Britain their home. The rest, as they say, is history. His critics have labelled the arrival of many millions of refugees as ‘uncontrolled immigration’. They are completely wrong, however. The immigration was 100% controlled.
In his spare time, Tony Blair brought peace to Ireland through the Good Friday agreement. Although a certain number of concessions were made to the IRA, such as releasing all their prisoners who had neutralised a few people during ‘the troubles’, this was no time for bearing grudges.
Although Blair resigned from the Labour Party leadership over ten years ago, he remains fully committed to improving the world. Using his many years of experience, Blair works tirelessly to bring peace, including improving understanding between religions; he is an active speaker also, earning his crust by sharing his wisdom with those who are very much in need of it.
One part of the population Blair has identified as requiring his wisdom are the so-called ‘Brexiteers’, the foolish majority of British people who voted to leave the European Union. Only now, according to Blair, are these delusional people in a position to see the complete error of their ways. Alas, they have cast their vote and must live with the dire consequences forever!
Blair is like the all-merciful Allah, however, and will do everything in his power to ensure the British people get another chance. He has made it his current work to ensure that the British voters rectify their clear mistake. After all, Ireland once voted the wrong way on the Lisbon Treaty, but got the chance to vote the accredited way and did so. They didn’t need a third vote and nor will Britain if Blair gets his way.
For all these and many other reasons, Tony Blair is perhaps the most accredited statesperson alive. He is one of a rare breed and we will miss him when he leaves us.