September 04, 2010
Great news from Ireland. According to The Guardian Blair thought that the Irish would love him so much for the fact that he put the finishing touches to a peace process in Ireland that was initiated by his Tory predecessor, John Major, that he wouldn’t get the rough ride he can expect in the UK when he flogs his stupid book.
Violence has broken out at the first public signing for Tony Blair’s memoirs, with anti-war protesters hurling shoes and eggs at the former prime minister.The projectiles did not hit Blair as he arrived at a bookshop in Dublin, Ireland, to be greeted by scores of demonstrators chanting that he was a “war criminal” and had “blood on his hands” because of the invasion of Iraq.Irish police blocked off streets around the Eason store on O’Connell Street following the clashes with activists who tried to push down a security barrier.
The demonstrators also shouted: “Hey hey Tony hey, how many kids have you killed today?”
The city tram service was suspended and shops in the surrounding area also closed.
Buyers at the signing had to hand over bags and mobile phones before entering the store. Undercover detectives mingled with the crowds taking names before Blair arrived at the shop at about 10.30am.
Hmm, “projectiles did not hit Blair”? I used to support the aims and objectives of the anti-war movement but maybe the aim needs a bit more work.Many thanks to Sarah in the comments.
Posted by Levi9909 Labels: iraq, Tony Blair
September 03, 2010
This is good news from the New Statesman. It could be better because the Massive Attack in the headline isn’t retaliation for Gaza or over 60 years of ethnic cleansing but the solidarity of a very prominent, massive even, musical duo with the Palestinian cause.
The movement for a cultural boycott of Israel in response to its treatment of the Palestinians, modelled on the boycott of apartheid South Africa, could eclipse decades of disingenuous political charades in engaging western intellectuals, academics and artists. Internationally renowned figures such as Naomi Klein and Ken Loach have supported the call, and now one of Britain’s most successful bands, Massive Attack, is publicly backing the boycott.