A POLITICIAN DEPARTS: THE END OF AN ERA
In 1997 the Labour Party was elected by a very large minority of the electorate, simply to improve cash-starved public services, especially Health, Transport and Education. These had been disastrously by previous Conservative governments. Ten years on, after considerable tax rises and billions poured into these services, it is arguable whether these services have improved at all. Indeed, there are even some who maintain that they are actually worse, now that they are entirely run by government-appointed accountants and not by professionals for the benefit of the public. For example, there are many who need to see a doctor who now do not bother, because 'she won't do anything anyway, because of budget cuts'. Certainly, do not fall ill and go to hospital at the end of the financial year in March - you will be sent home without treatment.
Often, taxpayers' money seems to have disappeared into paying for massive waste and Communist-style bureaucracy with 'plans' and 'targets'. Tens of thousands of redundancies in the Health Service and hundreds of thousands of indebted University students (Mr Blair's unwinnable wars against the peoples of Serbia, Afghanistan and Iraq have had to be funded by cutting public services) tend to suggest that perhaps no government is competent to run anything. Perhaps governments should instead simply stick to the task of protecting the country and its people and regulating the unbridled greed and serious injustices that result from Capitalism, leaving the running of public services to the professionals.
the other hand, however debatable possible marginal improvements in such
services, many point to Mr Blair's success in peace-making in Northern
Ireland. But let us be frank: 'hand of history on shoulder' or not, peace
would have come there anyway, as one of the many natural and inevitable
results of the end of the Cold War. There was no longer any Soviet Union
to covet Belfast Harbour as a nuclear submarine base and threaten the
US nuclear base just opposite in Holy Loch in Scotland. Why continue to
support the tired old Protestant powerbrokers? They had become as irrelevant
as the tired old Protestant Apartheid powerbrokers in South Africa, once
there was no longer a Soviet Union to occupy Cape Town Harbour.
Mr Blair's style of government sometimes appeared to be that of a President/Dictator, failing to listen to his own people, Parliament and Labour Party. It has not endeared him. Indeed, the UK has actually lost freedom under 'President Blair', becoming one of the most intensely camera-controlled and spied-on populations in the world. The excuses for this lack of freedom increased, especially after the Blair government created enormous internal hostility to itself among the children of Muslim immigrants by invading Iraq. But that was against all the counsels of his afterwards much-maligned Intelligence Services (which were in fact very intelligent) and his Diplomatic Corps.
Another factor, seen by some as anti-English, has been the massive and mismanaged Eastern European, especially Polish, immigration into England. However, far more anti-English than the influx of hard-working and generally very welcome Eastern Europeans, was Mr Blair's capitulation to the rule of the unelected and anti-democratic European Union. The EU is a fitting successor indeed to the Soviet Union, with the EU's latest 'amended treaty', or Constitution by the back door (because the proposed Constitution cannot be passed by democratic referenda). Mr Blair will inevitably go along with the new centralizing treaty and its 'ever closer Union' - especially if he wishes to become the President of the EU.
Surely, today an English politician of principle could instead be working with Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands and the new Eastern European members like our one-time allies, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Lands, who know and fear exactly what the Soviet Union was and therefore the European Union will be. In such a way we could build up from the roots a new Europe, a Confederation Of Democratic Europeans (CODE). How much better this would be than to continue with the redundant and tyrannical Soviet-style 'European Union'. It is loved only by top-down, Neo-Carolingian Germany and its colonial allies in the elites of France, Italy, Benelux, Spain etc.
the one act of Mr Blair 'the peace-maker' which truly marks him out is
his wars. The wars which he encouraged and fought against Serbia, his
invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq may have been born from
his psychological need for self-righteous, moralistic meddling. However,
to the peoples of those countries (called 'insurgents' by the government-manipulated
media), they seem like the old arrogant imperialism of the British, now
under the command of the Roman legions of the Imperial US.
The smell of suspicion after the above 'deaths' has been intensified by the 'cash for peerages' scandal. Here the wealthy backer of the 'New Labour' Party, Lord Levy, interestingly, also Mr Blair's adviser on 'the Middle East', has been implicated in so far unproven allegations about corruption. For a government that promised to be 'whiter than white', all this has created a degree of popular cynicism that has further compromised democracy: 'Why bother to vote - they're all crooks anyway'. 'Don't vote, it only encourages them'. There are even those who spell Mr Blair's name B-L-I-A-R, their disillusion with politicians complete. But such cynicism will only make the task of those who are bent on destroying the last vestiges of freedom in the UK that much easier.
Again and again, the 'improvements' made under the Blair government seem to have been 'all style and no substance', change for change's sake. 'Spin' (i.e. lieing and media manipulation), photo opportunities, mere words, led 'The Economist' magazine twelve years ago to call Mr Blair 'Tory Blur'. Even the 'help' given to indebted Africa and 'climate change initiatives' turn out to be little more than empty promises for the distant future. The writing off of debts that had long ago been paid back, the replacement of coal-fired power stations by gas-fired ones that had already take place before Mr Blair and the transfer of polluting British manufacturing to China merely disguises the realities.
What then has happened in the last ten years?
The most remarkable event inside Britain has been the tripling and in some areas quadrupling, of property prices. This has made those who owned properties before 1998 wealthy - on paper. However, it has made all those not in the position of possessing these paper riches poor - in reality. By 2006 the debt of Britons who had adopted the 'American' system of 'buy now, pay tomorrow', had reached over £1,000,000,000,000 (some $2,000,000,000,000), an unimaginable sum for a tiny country and population. Indebtedness through property mortgages, personal debt and student debt (introduced by Mr Blair in 1997) means that Britons are indebted to 'anonymous', 'international' finance.
Blair used to take communion in his wife's Roman Catholic Church before
he became Prime Minister. It is said that he will finally officially become
a Roman Catholic after he leaves office. His latest and fourth visit to
the present Pope of Rome, his last foreign engagement, seems to confirm
this. It does seem strange that he should be allowed to do so, when the
former Pope of Rome (together with every other religious leader in the
world) condemned the invasion of Iraq. Outwardly, there have never been
any words of repentance, let alone acts of repentance, for the massacres
that have resulted. There has only been Mr Blair's stubborn self-justification,
despite his family's suffering. However, we do not know and cannot judge;
perhaps, inwardly there has been repentance.