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Mon May 28, 2012, 08:08 AM

Tony Blair - The godfather

Tony Blair is not a lawyer for nothing. He opened his evidence to the Leveson inquiry today with a guilty plea, but what he was really doing was preparing to declare himself innocent on a much more serious charge

The former prime minister confessed that he had decided to "manage... not confront" the power of the press. In other words, he'd decided to form a relationship with the media which he described as "unhealthy" - a word he said he preferred to "cosy".

He knows the questions which will lie ahead, and so do we, but then we also know - or, at least, can predict - many of the answers.

We already know that Tony Blair is the godfather of one of Rupert Murdoch's children; we already know that as Opposition leader he flew half way round the world to speak to News Corp executives; we already know that the two men spoke regularly in the lead-up to the Iraq War - allegedly more often than the prime minister spoke to his senior ministers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18235019

see also : Live - Blair at the Leveson Enquiry http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002735778

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon May 28, 2012, 08:25 AM

1. "manage...not confront"

interesting terminology.

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Response to maddezmom (Reply #1)

Tue May 29, 2012, 12:31 AM

4. I prefer the term "appease"

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Mon May 28, 2012, 10:32 AM

2. His wife

I heard is related to John Wilkes Booth.

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Response to cin63 (Reply #2)

Mon May 28, 2012, 11:37 AM

3. More likely

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