Enoch Powell once said: “All political careers end
in failure”, which also included his own after he
made the ‘Rivers of blood’ speech in the
Midland Hotel in Birmingham.
At the end of ten years in office, Tony Blair’s political career is failing
fast as the members of his party, and the public,
just want to see the back of him.
Ten years ago on May 1st, 1997, a fresh
faced and wide eyed Tony Blair won the general
election and to the oxymoron tune, ‘It’s getting
better’, he entered number 10 Downing Street as the
new Prime Minister.
He appeared so innocent and vulnerable
the press quickly began to call him Bambi, a term no
longer used ten years on. After the shambles of
John Major’s Government anything seemed better,
especially as this eager (call me Tony) Premier
promised to be whiter than white - that very soon
turned to greyer than grey when sleaze once again
reared its ugly head with the Bernie Ecclestone affair.
The ghost of old Tory had returned to haunt New
Labour - only this time it was people in the Labour leadership
who were tainted, rather than a few back benchers.
The John Major years in office, which
ended in a landslide victory for Blair, were tarnished
with sleaze and corruption, but Major’s Premiership
looked like a practice run for what we have now.
The three Blair Governments have been mired in
sleaze, and corruption and look set to end with the
loans for Lords scandal.
So what has Blair done in his ten years in
office? Looking back through the early editions of
the Euro Realist, the first edition reported a Tony
Blair who was ready to embrace the EU with enthusiasm.
His ministers had already begun to sign up to
EU legislation, such as the Social Chapter, which the
previous Conservative administration had opted out
of. On May 23rd, 1997, he swept into a one day
summit in Noordwijk promising to use his landslide
victory to shape a “new Europe”.
A few weeks later Mr Blair was off to
Amsterdam to sign the Treaty. He was full of all the
things he was going to do for Britain, but quickly
found the other EU leaders who were flattering him
also quickly squashed many of his proposals, including
his request for a better deal for our beleaguered
fishermen, which other EU ministers threw
out. This was his first lesson that Britain has little influence
in the EU.
Since those early days it has been downhill
all the way, especially for the British people and
their liberty, democracy and sovereignty. In the first
year in office the Blair Government sneakily repealed
some of our most important Acts of Treason
in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act, making it
harder for people to bring him and his Government
After ten years of New Labour penury,
Britain is a less free, crueller and sadder place. The
Blair regime has introduced legislation the Tories
would have never dared to
introduce, including student
loans and tuition fees. Even
more sinister, this Government
has introduced some
very frightening legislation
which would have been
more akin to, and not dissimilar to, laws made by the
Nazis in Germany.
We now have an enabling Act which is not unlike that which gave Adolph Hitler total control. A Civil Contingencies Act which gives
the police and Government immense powers, and
police state identity cards are on the way which will
categorise us all and allow the Government to monitor
and control our lives.
The Britain of 2007 is a much sadder
place than the Britain of 1997. Our NHS is in a
mess despite Blair’s promises of a decade ago, our
council taxes have soared along with our contributionsto the EU budget. We have more stealth taxes
than ever before and our pensions have been
wrecked and plundered. It’s no wonder the people
want to see the back of Blair. Sadly, the best we
have to look forward to is either a Brown or Cameron
government and more of the same.