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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:15 AM
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Blair urged to 'reconsider' job
Source: BBC News

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The former prime minister's ally said he should examine if he had "the time and tools" to help the peace process.
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He said he should think about what his role was "precisely" going to be.

Asked if he thought Mr Blair should step down, Lord Levy said: "As a friend I would say to him, do you feel you have the time, do you feel you have the tools, to really make a difference in this arena?

"And if you do, then what are you going to do and how are you going to go about it?"

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7930229.stm



Looks like even his "friend" has realised that Blair is wanker.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 09:32 AM
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1. Translation:
"Tony, you are an insufferable wanker. How is it you think that by dint of being such a wanker, you can positively contribute to anything from making a sausage roll to a peace process?"
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 09:29 PM
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12. I haven't heard that term for some time!
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:09 AM
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2. Enough said. If it weren't so sad,
:rofl:
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:21 AM
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3. He was a good man
until he met the shrub.
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cibrules2 Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:49 AM
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4. shrub?
shrub? as in G. Brown?
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:15 PM
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5. No, he wasn't
He was a great disappointment before then: continuing the Thatcherite monetarist, anti-industry, pro-banking economic policies that have got us into the present mess, and setting up a super-managerial state (think of NCLB applied not just to education but to everything).

He was better than Thatcher - but not much better.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:20 PM
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6. Blair is certainly highly unsuited to a 'peace envoy' role
War envoy more like it, on the basis of his past record.

Incidentally Lord Levy is the father of Daniel Levy, a prominent Israeli peace-camper; so perhaps he gets to hear a little bit of sense about the Middle East from that source. Certainly he won't hear much sense about anything from Blair.
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mogster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:10 PM
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7. This paragraph explains why Lord Levy thinks Blair should reconsider
Mr Blair has been criticised for trying to combine business roles, speechmaking and work with his faith foundation with trying to resolve the dispute.

He's just so into himself. No man for this hour.
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beltanefauve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:29 PM
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8. A wanker
AND a poodle!
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Prometheus Bound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:16 AM
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10. and a money grubber.
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T_i_B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:12 AM
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9. For once, I'd agree with Lord Levy
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Matilda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-08-09 08:29 PM
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11. Blair may well be completely sincere in his belief that he can help.
He does seem to have an amazing ability for self-delusion.

But the truth is, that the only country that can really do anything for peace in the ME is the United States. It
is the U.S. that supplies the money and the weapons to Israel, and only they have the power to order Israel out of
the territories, a move that would go further than anything else in forcing Hamas to lay down its own arms.

For Israel, continued support in return for complying with United Nations resolutions; for Hamas, money for
reconstruction on the condition of accepting Israel's right to exist and desisting from rocket fire and suicide
bombing.

If Obama is strong enough to seize the moment, it is he who can make it all happen.
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