Blair to stand down on June 27

It looks like the First Post’s Mole was wrong.. but only by one day. According to the reports, Tony Blair has told the Cabinet of his resignation timetable today, and is publicly confirming it in his Sedgefield constituency. Expect the various candidates for the post of deputy leader of the Labour Party to rush the microphones.. Update That campaign can also begin.. officially. Adds The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland makes a good point

Blair’s going to drag this goodbye out till late summer, like an old crooner milking the crowd for another dozen encores. And when he eventually does go, will we have to go through this whole performance all over again? Will the BBC helicopter be in the sky over Sedgefield once more?

And The Belfast Telegraph has the farewell performance the text of the speech.. audio available here[mp3 file] Or Via RTÉ, the BBC’s Dead Ringers team suggest an alternative send-off..

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  • protorious

    Meanwhile the Bank of England coughs and announces that they’ve increased the rate to 5.5%.

    Nows the day for any government organisation to let slip unpopluar news, people are too busy jumping through Blair’s hoops.

    If I have to hear the sentence “Let History Be the Judge” again in the next 3 months I think I’ll snap and write an angry letter to the BBC about continously repeating their editoral segements…

  • protorious

    Interest rate even… Ah the Lunchtime finger slips…

  • heck

    good now we just need to put him on trial for war crimes!!!!

  • Damien Okado-Gough

    Here’s an amazing piece from the Beeb, The Tony Blair Story. It moves, in some detail, from his childhood to the present day, listing many of his achievements whilst in office, yet doesn’t mention Northern Ireland once. Astounding.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6506365.stm

  • protorious

    Dear The BBC,

    I can’t help but notice that your Tony Blair Story article seems to be devoid of any interesting infromation that has not already been regurgitated (and has been constantly regurgitated) over the course of the last 6 months.

    I am now very aware Mr Blair plays the guitar.
    I am also aware that he is a dedicated Christian.

    I can not wait for your coverage on June the 27th when you will most likely remind me of these facts and yet again consult an esteemed panel fo guests wether or not his legacy is intact following the Iraq war, if Britain had been better off beneath and if he really is a disciple of Thatcher.

    Rivetting.

  • forlorn fairy

    I doubt Brown will make a better PM than Blair.

  • Greenflag

    ‘It moves, in some detail, from his childhood to the present day, listing many of his achievements whilst in office, yet doesn’t mention Northern Ireland once. Astounding.’

    Not astounding . A subliminal message is being conveyed to all those who haven’t yet ‘tuned’ in to the new order !

    It’s called Norn Iron Go Away or NIGA for short !

  • Comrade Stalin

    Nows the day for any government organisation to let slip unpopluar news, people are too busy jumping through Blair’s hoops.

    Stupid. The interest rate rise was widely predicted, and comes on the back of several other big rises. The real news would have been if the Bank had not increased the rates.

  • Harry Flashman

    An extra 400 million quid stuck on to the cost of the id card fiasco was slipped in quietly a mere four weeks after the announcement should have been made.

    By the way Comrade Stalin any chance of you explaining your fatuous question to me in Miss Fitz’s ‘Ms D’ thread?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Harry, was that the question about why you keep blaming liberals in every response to every topic (this one being a notable exception) ?

  • Harry Flashman

    That’s not what you asked, you asked why I mention them in every thread as I hadn’t actually mentioned them anywhere in the thread in which you posted nor indeed in 97% of the posts which I write (they range from the Miss D story to Derry sofas and all places in between) your question was bizarre and a propos of absolutely nothing at all.

    What’s your beef?

  • Phoney Tony, true to the end, announcing his resignation as Prime Minister to his constituents in Sedgefield, and giving us a trial run now so that he can milk it for all it is worth when it actually happens. And then announcing for yet another time that he truly believes that the war in Iraq was the right thing to do.

    The only trouble with this rehearsal is that he is not, unfortunately, resigning his seat in the Commons, so he was just seeking out the most compromised audience in the kingdom – the people who put him in Westminster in the first place – to make sure that there were no embrassing scenes in making the trial annoucement, the ultimate exercise in spin. And no one doubts the self-belief of this one-eyed leader, only his wisdom, independence, and integrity.

    Hope he ultimately goes to The Hague for his having helped make the 21th Century a complete basket case.

  • Bill

    Annoying clichés.

    Why should Brown move?

    He is already in 10 Downing Street as the Blairs are in the larger Number 11.