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13 August 2005

Tony Blair, Blasted And Berated ...

It's doubtful many readers beyond the UK shores have heard of John McCririck. He's a larger than life, national television sports commentator, presenter, pundit and all round minor celebrity. His specialty is horse racing and he's pictured above; top right

Known as much for his outlandish and often outrageous outfits [think, Sherlock Holmes & Basil Rathbone] as he is for his regularly bellowed public pronouncements -- on every single subject under the sun. In fact, John McCririck without doubt, absolutely epitomizes the very essence of English eccentricity.

He also just happened to be an extremely close friend of the recently departed and sadly missed, ex foreign secretary and British parliamentarian par excellence, Robin Cook.

Mr Cook was a keen racing man and it was through their mutual love of 'the turf' that a friendship was struck, which grew and blossomed over the years. So it was not surprising that the Cook family wanted McCririck in attendance at Robin's funeral, yesterday.

However, what did surprise some - though not This Old Brit - was a broadcast [quite literally] via loudspeakers, to an overflow crowd of mourners outside St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, by Mr McCririck inside.

Here's a sample of what he said.

"Do you mean to say if Tony Blair was up for election in six months time he wouldn't have been there?...
Strong stuff, eh? And so was this.

"... Not being there... demonstrated that the prime minister has got his pettiness,
And then there was this.

" ... had there been a funeral for President Bush or President Chirac do you mean to say Tony Blair would not have attended? It is inconceivable.


Over the last 24 hours there's been some considerable criticism voiced regarding McCririck's public tongue lashing of the Prime Minister, although much more concern seems to have been aired regarding the time and place of the verbal attack rather than the sentiment or content.

So today, having pondered - the aforementioned pundit proffered further proclaimations to the press.

He said he "certainly did not" regret his words and would do the same again "with reservations".

But he conceded the funeral might not have been the right time to have made his remarks.

This Old Brit is inclined to agree with what old John Mac said yesterday -- and, with what he said today.

Read the rest of this revealing report at the link to the BBC, below.


Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Just like the funerals of those great politicians here like Wellstone, we are full of anger these days.

2:14 am  
Blogger noel adamson said...

If you guys are around when I depart it would be great if you showed up at any memorial for me and used the oportunity to express outrage towards Bush and his fascist friends and what they are doing to the world I left. I could hardly think of a better, or more fitting, send off.

4:37 am  
Anonymous lukery said...

noel - i hope we get rid of em all before you join the great sky monster.

i hope whoever gives my eulogy can say "lukery was a small part of a movement that led to the downfall of blair and bush - his only sorrow was that it didnt happen earlier"

2:12 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Whoa there, Noel. Cheer up a little. That's a long way away. But whenever that time really does come, I've absolutely no doubt that many will pay their respects in all the ways they knew you'd most appreciate.

Now, smile, darn you, smile. ;^)

2:32 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

luckery, I second your motion[s] - soooo, strongly.

2:34 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Elaine, we are angry. Soon though, I hope we'll pay heed to that [smart] old saying -- don't get angry - get even!

I live in hope.

2:36 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Or just keep on living.

That is the best revenge.

5:04 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone else ever notice? blair's gotta kinda nixonian look about him. shifty eyed.

9:57 pm  
Blogger Gordon said...

If there weren't any "English eccentrics", we'd have to invent them.

10:02 pm  
Blogger noel adamson said...

We are dust in the wind and even a long life is a blink of the eye so we must make the best of it. At least embodied life is short. Consciousness, soul, spirit, self or whatever one may call it is not material and the material things we accumulate are not real. Transient anyway.

Thanks for the good wishes.

12:56 am  
Blogger Richard said...

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1:24 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Noel, you're more than welcome.

And Gordon, you certainly got that right. We would in deed. ;^)

1:26 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember him. Good on him!! And I support what he said. I need to find a email address for him and thank him. Very few in the public eye are willing to speak out nowadays, unless it goes along with their PR agent.

Sandra in the lost US

7:53 am  
Blogger Richard said...

Sandra, good idea, the email. I bet he'd appreciate it.

6:10 pm  
Blogger Jan the Man said...

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4:53 am  

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