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What do you think of Blair's speech to Congress?

 
 
Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:11 pm
Too much jumping up and down and clapping if you ask me.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:14 pm
Excuse me but I ran out of airsick bags half way through it.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:17 pm
So I'll mark that one as nausiating.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:23 pm
Teacher says write out nauseating 100 times

[except if writing for a predominately American audience in which case nausiating will do]
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Tartarin
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:24 pm
I voted self-delusional in spite of not having heard it (!!) because I feel I know Blair by now.
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Sofia
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:26 pm
Wonderful.

Powerful.

Glad to see him so well recieved.

Many memorable insights into America. Loved the part about 'the guy in Nebraska, minding his own business, wondering why his country is embroiled in global affairs..'

It wasn't all a backpat. He chewed some bones.

I believe history will be kinder to Blair than the current media/public has been.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:27 pm
anyone have a good definition for "dog and pony show?"
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:29 pm
Well, your PM believes "with every fiber of instinct and conviction" that the U.S. and British led war on Iraq was justified - and that history will forgive them if weapons allegations used as
justification were wrong.

'Ego te absolvo' - analogous to the Catholic confessions? (He could know from from his lovely wife Cherry :wink: )


"Our job is to be there with you - we will be with you in the fight for liberty."

Bad luck for Blair that the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal had be postponed, reportedly because it has not yet been minted.


However, he really spoke excellent pro his government. And made -IMHO- a much better figure than Maggie.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:32 pm
Sofia

I'm very much pleased that you like one of the leading personal of the International-Socialist Group so much!
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:34 pm
Thanks Walter I appreciate your comments which of course have nothing to do with your current friendship with a senior member of Blair's government...?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:38 pm
Of course not!

(But I since I don't want to have my tea in the canteen in Westminster Palace ... :wink: )
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:42 pm
The citation for Blair's medal made reference to his work in disarming Iraq; so they are delaying presenting it - can't think why.
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Sofia
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:43 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Sofia

I'm very much pleased that you like one of the leading personal of the International-Socialist Group so much!


Glad to please you.
I don't discount everything someone does, just because they have different policies than my preferences. That is bias, and I avoid when I can.

I think Blair is a statesman, and a person of high calibre, who comes upon his views honestly. That is to be respected, no matter what 'party' he affiliates with.
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oldandknew
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:50 pm
The poll doesn't allow for, "Speaking To The Converted
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BillW
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:55 pm
Disraelian
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 03:57 pm
Thanks Sofia

I'm pulled all over the place on this one

Pleased that Blair is listened to and applauded
Pleased that the Labour party has produced a world statesman
Worried that he has finally dissolved any difference between UK and USA. I am now a citizen of the USAB (uNITE States and Britain)
Worried that the leader of my party who I trust and worked hard to get elected lied and lied and lied to get this country into an unnecessary and illegal war for reasons that remain obscure.


And....when all is said and done I have a sneaking suspicion that history will show him to have acted in Britains best long term interests (i.e. recognised our position in the world vis a vis America) and lies over the legal excuse made for war will be forgotten.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 04:00 pm
I think Mr. Clemen's general observation on such bodies would apply here as well:

No man's life or property are safe while the legistlature is in session.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 04:01 pm
Steve

I've heard some rumour that the correct nam was something like "The USA and her 4 British colonies". But probably just impaired hearing.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 04:02 pm
Thanks O&Knew. I tried to edit the poll for preaching to the converted but ITS TOO LATE NOW story of my life
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 17 Jul, 2003 04:07 pm
Great quote from Mr Clemen, Setanta.

At least Blair prevented them from doing much harm for nearly 45 minutes whilst they all sat enraptured listening
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