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03 November 2005

Blair Buddy Blunkett Bows Out ...



Oh, how the mighty are fallen.

One could almost have been excused for feeling sorry for David Blunkett today -- but only almost. For rarely has there been a case of a high ranking parliamentarian being so patently the architect of his own downfall - for the second time in, relatively speaking, no time at all.


Some may see such a concerted and sustained pressurising of a politician, as has bedogged Blunkett of late, as heavy handed. But many more may be inclined to agree that he had it coming to him. That this time he'd gone too far. That he had pushed his luck once too often. That he had been asking for it.

Well whatever, today he paid a price; a high one. And Tony-the-liar-Blair bid one of his best bosom buddies bye-bye ---- again.

Arrogance, dishonesty, deception, lies, lack of judgement, etc, -- all these things have lately been leveled at him.


With today's [some say] inevitable though none the less extraordinary, super swift exit from the government front bench - via the back door of 10 Downing Street - it seems his usual tactic of toughing it out hadn't worked out this time as well as it usually had, and that his latest run good luck had finally run right out

Looking back, when Blunkett first appeared on the political scene proper, people almost everywhere applauded. A poverty stricken little blind boy from the absolute personification of an underprivileged [and overly unfortunate] family background, who had -- against all the odds -- worked, slaved, clawed and fought his way to the top.

Witness these few words for a feel of what the man once was.

Mr Blunkett's childhood has been described as almost Dickensian in its bleakness.

Born blind, he was packed off to a council boarding school at the age of four, against the wishes of his parents, who were only allowed to visit him once a month.

Then, when Mr Blunkett was 12, his father was killed in a horrific accident at work, falling into a vat of boiling water.

Mr Blunkett and his mother were left virtually penniless and fought a long battle for compensation from the Gas Board.

Through his own determination, Mr Blunkett won a place at Sheffield university, after taking O levels and then A levels at a succession of blind schools.

He was already a Labour councilor when he took his degree and became leader of Sheffield council 10 years later at the age of 33.


Then today there's this.

How Blunkett affair damaged Blair

David Blunkett has left the Cabinet for the second time in a year declaring he did it for the good of the government and Tony Blair's premiership.


His simple "mistake" of breaking the ministerial code was proving a massive distraction from the real business of government and was embarrassing the prime minister, he declared.

He had done nothing wrong and there had been any number of lies and innuendoes spread about his business and private life.

In a charged press conference he gave the impression of a man who, under other circumstances, would have continued to fight his corner against his enemies, who he suggested were as much in the media as on the Tory benches.

But it was the prime minister people really wanted to target, he said, and he clearly wasn't about to help them by staying.

He was certainly right about that, and the damage his continuing presence in the cabinet was doing to Tony Blair.

And whether he decided to quit after a long and interrupted heart-to-heart with the prime minister on Wednesday morning, or whether he was sacked as some suspect, there will still be questions over how serious and lasting that damage has been.

Had Blunkett held dear to his early beliefs and principles and not had his head turned by the likes of Blair and the the big-business 'bright lights' of London, things may have turned out better. Both for himself and for most other Brits.

But Blunkett blew it. What a waste.

Below are two links well worth a read.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4399160.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4398004.stm

14 Comments:

Blogger Fariesindahouse said...

that guy is ugly
so ugly

2:55 am  
Blogger Gert said...

One down. How many to go?

10:03 am  
Blogger Richard said...

faries,

Yep. He turned ugly a few years ago - in more ways than one - after he sold his soul.

5:40 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Gert,

I watched Blair spin and squirm in the House yesterday. Three more of his 'mates' sat along the front bench couldn't be missed - and if they went tomorrow [or even sooner] they certainly wouldn't be missed.

They were John Prescot, Geof Hoon and Peter Haine.

I couldn't decide which one I'd like to see go next; I was spoilt for choice.

5:46 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

I know very little about Mr. Blunkett - save an article by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian over the summer. My reaction to this latest gaffe 'is what a sheer bloody waste'. Here is clearly a clever headstrong man who has overcome huge adversities to fall, yet again, because of sheer stupidity all of his own doing. I had no problem with the affair. I was actually impressed how he seemed determined to have access to his child. I hope he gets the professional help to clearly needs to get his life back on track.

6:49 pm  
Anonymous dubhaltach said...

I think it long past time the UK went for a PR system, It might reduce this stupid "natural party of government so we can so what we want syndrome"

off topic - grainia is everyone on LA site as stupid (and arrogant) as Sirk on one side and BRT on the other?

7:21 pm  
Anonymous dubhaltach said...

And before you say i miss point - yes i know it was satirical and i know it was "flypaper" but it was also very stupid (and IMO arrogant) tactics.

d

7:31 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

Hey Dubhaltach - greetings! there are some really strange people who hang out at LA - does that BRT guy have NOTHING TO DO except rant? sometimes I just need to inject a little humour! Last week someone made a comment about drunken Irishmen which totally pissed me off (it could have been BRT)

7:39 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

D: No, I totally get your drift.
G

7:41 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

Richard,

Oh well, it's a bit of a silly game but I'd say Buff Hoon.

I think I might have coined a new term regarding the Niger uranium: upyourarsium. No browncake there then. A bit Freudian, admitted, but still...

Aaah, mudslinging is so much more relaxing than mudbaths... And so much cheaper, thanks to our friends at Blogger.

Keep well, keep it up and we'll grind the bastards down, eventually...

P.S. but not R.I.P.: yes, our Zionist friends know how to ruffle a few feathers as well.

On the positive side, I'm a member of an Israeli peace movement (well, internet member). They keep sending me messages ("Shalom, Gert", no kidding, I've been a member for a while now) inviting me to join their marches in Tel Aviv. God, I wish I could go. They sound like real nice people, perhaps that peace process still stands a chance after all.

8:46 pm  
Anonymous dubhaltach said...

grania - thanks - no that was the dave troll - dad caught him lying repeatedly including some very very stupid lies that nobody who had ever served in any army or who had ever worked with American tropps would believe and it has got very nasty - BRT I think is just a very nasty old man with dreams of some sort of lost golden age maybe? (no insult to elderly males intended richard :-) he's just very nasty dad thrashed him so badly when he treid to exploit bombing of civilians by terrorists that he went away for a few weeks ) also he is not very truthful in some ways, he tried to imply to me that he had served in Korea when he had served in fact thousands of miles away (here in Denmark.)

i am organiser for antifascist counterdemonstration this weekend because they want to march in our quarter again. I'll let you know how it turns out.

sigh back to homework .....

9:13 pm  
Anonymous graniab said...

D: Anti-fascist counter demonstration - look after yourself! What are the fascists bitching about now? Those riots in Aulnay-sous-Bois send shivers down my spine - I was an au pair there many years ago - believe me it was a pit of a place then too.

10:17 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Blunkett DID sell his soul. Over and over and over and over ........
He get's no sympathy from. I admired and respected him a lot, before he betrayed REAL Labour people

6:14 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

graniab,

I think Blunkett carfully 'choose' the track his life is on nowadays.

gert,

I go along with that and settle for Hoon, next.

dubhaltach,

I'm amazed that ANY country without proportional representation can even pretend to call itsef a democracy. And as for nasty old men - they're just nasty young men - a few years down the line.

kiwi,

Agreed entirely about Blunkett, what you said are exactly my own thoughts/opinions about him.

4:57 pm  

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