Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Blair, death and Brexit - the toxic legacy

I suspect that very few people, other than those paid to do it, or with too much time on their hands, will ever have time to read the whole of the Chilcot report into the Iraq War.  Of all the ironies, its publication at the time when another venal and self-mythologising Prime Minister has just pushed the nation further over the brink, the final verification that Blair's behaviour was not that of a leader with either basic morality or the national interest even within his compass merely fuels the disgust that it is legitimate to feel at most contemporary politicians.

The disaster of Iraq is not disputed.  Blair's craven acceptance of a bizarre messianic agenda that Bush was putting forward, and his continued desire to act as patsy for a dubious neocon has been spelled out at great length.  Countless thousands, if not millions, have paid the price for this - and I am neither eloquent enough nor able to articulate the level of amorality that this implies.  Victims cannot speak back, and the mute testimony of the wasteland is witness to the adventurism and arrogance that led to the current morass.

Blair's corruption of political discourse is, in my view, one of the proximate causes of the distrust of the political classes that reinforced the punishment instinct demonstrated by the Leave vote.  He demonstrated  combination of smarmy arrogance, disdain and what appears to have been a total disconnect from either the paucity of evidence or the impact of a botched policy.  Disconnect from the electorate, the idea that politicians can get away with murder if they don't get found out, and a rootless ideology based around currying favour with Bush, all while expecting Labour and floating voters to back him against all odds.  A dangerous fool.

Running away from the consequences of actions is a running theme at the moment.  It is not a moment for triumphalism for those who were proved right - especially since two of the key figures are no longer with us.  Charles Kennedy and Robin Cook's stature increases with each new revelation - and as good, principled politicians they stand above the cesspit that Cameron and Blair have created.  Their loss is never more keenly felt than when the vindication of the minority is so comprehensive - and a warning for the glib idiots who are currently rejoicing in the Brexit result.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.