What Brits Really Think of Tony Blair!

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has very often got a lot to say, about a lot of things. You can still find him in the press every week, sometimes every day, casting out his opinions, keeping himself in the public eye, potentially eyeing up the return to the political arena we all know he would not only love, but really thinks the people are waiting for.

Blair’s opinions are known to even those who wish they didn’t. Loves the EU, doesn’t much like talking about Iraq (really thinks that’s all been covered, and really can we not just move on?). Or Libya. Yugoslavia. And some more.

But gosh, does Blair, who now runs a consultancy business and has set up various foundations in his own name, including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation,  really does love talk about the EU. In fact, it’s pretty much all he talks about these days.

If you’re reading about Tony Blair in the media, you’re reading about Tony Blair talking about the EU. And it really is pretty much all the same, and has been for a long time. 

Which actually makes much more interesting than the articles keeping Blair in the public eye, the comments beneath about what the actual public thinks of him. I’ve had a look at recent articles, and chosen those comments by people identifying themselves as British, where possible, for the purposes of this.

Daily Mail, 18th September – Arch Remainer Tony Blair brands Brexit a ‘self harming act’ and suggests the UK could STAY in the EU

England expects, suffolk, United Kingdom, 1 week ago

Do shut up you traitor.

He sold his soul to the devil and he will have his day of reckoning. Along with all the other co–upted politicians who signed their nation sovereignty away to contracts without their citizens consent.

Weapons of mass destruction! Liar and murderer.

Blair is not interested in this Country only what is in it for him.

Ok, that’s a national paper, let’s go to the regions. 

Brexit has one-in-three chance of reversal, claims Tony Blair – the Birmingham Mail, 19th September

NorthBrummie

Does this man not realise how despised he is by the British people? Anything he says has a devious undercurrent to it. His time is done, thank God, so he should butt out and maybe do another series of highly paid ‘speaking engagements’ as pay off from his masters in the USA.

WatchaDave

Why is this idiot not locked up

However, Blair also has a fan here – 

MaxPayne

Reassuring to know that this fine statesman is fighting for Britain.

Back to national with the Sun, from September 20th. 

Tony Blair enraged Brexit backers with bizarre claim that there is a one-in-three chance of overturning the referendum result

Dwayne Pipe

Even loathsome people call him loathsome. How I wish he would ffffffffade Away!

Boris Ivan

Once again we have the Sun fawning over it’s golden boy. Nobody is interested in this abomination of a human being. He’s a private citizen with no mandate from anybody about anything, and the sooner the media realises that the sooner this AH will fade away. Stop trying to rehabilitate this has been back into front line politics, he’s toxic and everything he touches ends up the same way.

SAUS

Hopefully there’s better odds on his asassination.

Tim Sabine

Tony B.Liar is a liar, a thief and a conman. He lied about WMD to go to war, he stole thousands of peoples pensions and sign up for the PFI (private finance initiative’s) that are now crippling the NHS and education budgets. The man makes me sick and anyone who listens to him or follows him must be smoking something illegal.

There we have it, how Tony Blair is regarded by the British public a little over 20 years from when he first came to power, in an almost unprecedented wave of optimism. A British public who he really does rather hope to return to.

Where the UK got it All Wrong on Crimea…

The UK followed up on getting it completely wrong about Euromaidan, with … getting it completely wrong about what happened in Crimea, in 2014.

Blanket support for Maidan, meant that the UK’s position was, from the start, against those in Crimea protesting against the coup in Kiev: Maidan – good. Against Maidan – bad. Went the UK’s thinking.

However, there was something interesting in this, the BBC, ever the faithful mouthpiece of the UK government in international affairs, actually veered from the Crimea narrative, in the early days. Fresh from blanket coverage of the sunny side of Maidan, beautiful / heroic protesters speaking about their desire for a ‘free Ukraine’, to ‘be Europeans’ etc etc –

…none of the molotov-hurling terrorists or acknowledgement that the east of the country Daniel Sandford Crimeawas actively opposed to Maidan – the BBC’s Daniel Sandford (pictured) was down from Maidan, reporting from Crimea, on February 25th, 2014, that people there were ‘demanding Russian passports‘… ‘To the people of Sevastopol, it’s not a Ukrainian history, but a Russian one‘…. before adding the obligatory ‘if Russia wants to cause trouble (in Crimea), all the ingredients are there.’

Yet very quickly, even this tokenistic attempt at objectively from the BBC had been ‘corrected’, and their reporting had reverted to script, February 27th: Ukraine crisis: Russia warned against Crimea ‘aggression’

Out went the actually talking to people in Crimea, and by the way I was in Crimea myself at this time, finding people readily disposed to talking, and a very different picture to the one the BBC were depicting –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2015/03/23/crimea-in-march-2014-the-real-story/

Over at the BBC, it was :

‘Russian troops’ guarding Crimean government HQ

Ukraine: Putin signs Crimea annexation

The BBC’s tone, as it invariably does, mirroring that of the UK government, with David Cameron coming out a few days before the Crimea referendum of March 16th, 2014, that it would be:

illegal, illegitimate and will not be recognised by the international community

Cameron of course, later, a few days after the referendum, upped that to that the vote had taken place ‘under the barrel of a Kalashnikov‘. Ridiculous, of course, and even very silly. I was in Crimea, visiting polling stations, on the referendum day.

The BBC, ‘strangely’, nowhere to be seen on that day, an entirely calm, jubilant even, day, where Crimeans, en masse, headed for the polling stations –

Start of the day: 

End: 

Street interviews with people in Simferopol:

Do these people really look like they’d need to be made to vote under the ‘barrel of a kalashnikov’? Was there any evidence at all of that at polling stations. Of course not, it was nonsense from the UK, who even admitted later they got it all wrong:

The British government was left in the dark during the Ukraine crisis because its diplomats can’t understand Russian

MPs says the lack of language skills in the Foreign Office is ‘alarming’

In the years since, neither language, or seemingly any other skills have improved at the Foreign Office. The UK have zoned in on the supposed ‘persecution’ of Crimean Tatars are the latest cause celebre of the day. I was in Crimea in 2016 filming the largest gathering of Crimean Tatars yet, at the Hiderlez festival –

Meanwhile the UK’s ambassador to Ukraine, LGBT obsessed Judith Gough – who’s never once been to Crimea in her time in the role, was tweeting this –

What does Boris do? Well, goes to Ukraine, meets up with Crimean Tatars in Kiev – who’ve been there for the past 3 years, making a comfortable living by speaking about how everything is dreadful in the Crimea they’ve not been to for over 3 years, and who their own people regard as traitors: (this, my interview with an actual Crimean Tatar leader, in Crimea):

Boris meets them, and mouths off a few buzzwords about ‘human rights’ etc, ‘Russian annexation of Crimea’ etc on his travels. There are clear signs of increasingly fewer people believing Boris, or the British position on Ukraine, and Crimea – however this doesn’t deter Britain from just blindly barrelling on with its pre-set polemic from a parallel reality.

What’s the problem then? Is it language skills? Is it mental skills? Or does the UK’s foreign policy bear a lot less relation to reality, than it does to UK business interests? 

Whatever the reason, Britain’s policy on Crimea is mistaken, misguided, deceitful, and mired in the kind of blinkered small-mindedness which currently condemns the UK to the tier of second-league nations.

I’m not the only British person who finds this all deeply embarrassing.

 

My flat in Odessa: Now for Sale

In 2012, I fell in love with the city of Odessa. In summer of 2013, I used what I’d saved in my working life, and borrowed some, to buy a flat there, a few kilometres out of the centre, in the Kotovsky area, for $55,000, in September.

I imagined a life there. But it didn’t work out that way. In November of 2013, Euromaidan began, in March of 2014, crisis, conflict, April 2014 – war, and I left for Donbass, not to return (as of this point in time).

I’ve not returned to Odessa since, being banned from Ukraine for 3 years. However, my ban from Ukraine has now expired. 

Thus, I am now entitled to sell the apartment in Odessa, with full rights, and as I am not banned from Ukraine, I shall expect FCO support in this, if necessary.

This is not a farewell to Odessa, but I’m not a rich man, and can’t just have an apartment somewhere, unsure when I’ll be able to visit. Moreso with the amount of radicals, terrorists in Ukraine, and Ukrainian media having splashed my apartment all over the news:

If I have to pay tax to fund Ukraine’s war against civilians in Donbass ‘ATO’, I’ll give that same amount to the armies in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics to defend themselves from ‘ATO’.

I will do everything fairly, and reasonably, as always. And we go forward.

Fire in London, and a Tough Period for the UK

As I write this, a fire is blazing in Grenfell Tower, west London, with reports of multiple deaths.  My thoughts are with all those affected by this.

It’s a difficult time in the UK. Politically, in a mess, after the recent election, with terrorist great britainattacks, and civilian death, a monthly event in recent times. In this last period I’ve been working in Donbass, in what is still a warzone, more people, civilians, have been killed in the UK by terrorist attacks, than in Donbass by war. 

I see a sufficient quantity of anti-Britain comments. And, more than anyone, I accept that catastrophic political decisions, and foreign policy, with particular emphasis on the Tony Blair and post, period, have brought that upon us.  However, the Great Britain I am from, and know, is a friendly country, of great people, and it’s always in my heart.

I’ll be back there soon, and my thoughts with Great Britain, at this time.

General Election in the UK: My Statement on actions regarding that

Theresa May has just called a snap election for June 8th, of this year. 

As you know, I love reporting from the UK, however I’m committed to working in Serbia for now, then Donbass, and Crimea, in this time, and I will fulfill those commitments.

In the past, I’ve supported – and openly – certain politics, or political parties in the UK, for example, I voted UKIP at the 2015 General Election, and was more than open about that, as I believed that we needed a referendum on EU membership.

Before that,  I’d generally inclined towards the Conservative Party. However, the actions of the Conservative Party in respect of Donbass, and not only, mean that I cannot, and do not support them now.

I support the best possible government for the UK, which will deliver, for the country I love, good relationships with Europe, Russia, and the world, and make Great Britain a country which does good in the world.

New Video Reportage: London Attack, Special Reportage, part 1 of 2

I posted this reportage earlier today, and then a short time later, read of the horrific events in St Petersburg.  Thoughts with St Petersburg on this terrible day.

Anyone who was in London on July 7th, 2005 will know exactly what people in St Petersburg are experiencing, and not only. This, the first part of my two-part special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London.

Video Reportage: My Day as a DPR Tourist in London

A couple of things to note about this recent reportage – I added a few of my favourite songs to accompany it, however due to YouTube policies, this means, for their own reasons, that the reportage isn’t playable on some devices, so, to be sure of watching it, best on a computer!

Also, just in case you fancied a break from my music, perhaps even adding your own, I left a few seconds quiet in the middle. Here’s the reportage!