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Blair Confidant: Tony Knew Gordon Wasn't Good Enough To Beat Cameron

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Blair confidant: Tony knew Gordon wasn't good enough to beat Cameron

The Independent on Sunday reports that Tony Blair has been into Downing Street to advise Gordon Brown. One can only imagine what Blair makes of the mess that the man who spent so long before plotting to take his job is now making of it. But judging by what John Burton, Blair’s constituency agent, writes in the Mail on Sunday, Blair can’t be entirely surprised by the situation:

“After his farewell speech at Trimdon Labour Club in May, 2007, Tony told me he knew he would have been able to deal with Conservative leader David Cameron at the next General Election, but he didn't believe Gordon would have it in him.”

The article, an extract from Burton’s forthcoming book, also provides yet another example of how tense relations were between Blair and Brown at times:

“Once, Gordon had to be physically restrained when he got into a temper over an election campaign issue.”

As Burton says, one of the biggest mistakes Blair made was not to move Brown when he had the chance to do so. By choosing to accept Brown as PM to his president, Blair severely limited his and his administration’s effectiveness.

Things are hotting up for Gordon. I wonder what the outcome of this expenses scandal will do to el Presente's state of mental well being?

One question has to be asked, especially by the loyal labourites across the nation: Tony, why did you leave and put Gordon in charge?

Brown calls Blair in to No 10 for secret talks as crisis mounts

Tony Blair wanted an elderflower tea. 'B***** off and have a coffee like the rest of us,' replied his longest-standing advisor

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Somebody with a temper like that should never have been allowed into such a position of power. What happwns if another country personally p1sses him off, will flying nokias be exchanged for flying missiles?. :blink:

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Just shows what a deluded idiot Blair is. I'm confident Blair would have come out of this expenses mess very badly indeed and may well have had to resign on the back of it. Blair left when he did because he knew he'd milked his tenure for as long as he could and that new labour had hit the rocks. He was only too happy to hand Brown the poisoned chalice.

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Blair left when he did because he knew he'd milked his tenure for as long as he could and that new labour had hit the rocks. He was only too happy to hand Brown the poisoned chalice.

Not just poisoned, but positively glowing with Polonium 210.

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Tony told me he knew he would have been able to deal with Conservative leader David Cameron at the next General Election,

It would have been interesting to see what would have been made of his expenses and shredded/unshredded expense receipts if he'd still been PM - or even stayed there just as an MP.

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During his first nine years as an MP, Tony spoke endlessly about moral values but said little about his religious beliefs. Somehow, though, his faith seemed to stoke his self-confidence.

He also latched on quickly. Initially, he knew little about economics, but after a month on the Shadow Treasury team, he told me: 'I understand it all now, John. I've got it.'

I once gave him a two-page document that he read in seconds, watching TV at the same time. When challenged, he was able to recall the main points perfectly.

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/news/article...ng-advisor.html

Yeah, that worked out well.

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Blair seems to not want to accept that it was the illusion of wealth that Brown created that gave Blair his reign as PM.

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Blair did not know that he had bought two buy to let flats in bristol . yer right they were all flipping at the time..

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Funny this gem coming out the day its found out Brown is asking Blair for help, sounds like Blair wants to put the boot fair and squarely into Brown's face.

Popcorn anyone?

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Somebody with a temper like that should never have been allowed into such a position of power. What happwns if another country personally p1sses him off, will flying nokias be exchanged for flying missiles?. :blink:

That's why they switched the nuclear codes in the secure briefcase with a couple of Curly Wurlys the day Brown took over ;) Once they give him one to chew on and pat him on the head he soon settles down anyway.

Rumour has it the yanks switched our Trident allocation to a few dozen giant Sherbet Fountains anyway.

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Bwahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhahahahaha, ROFL.

Brown wants Blunkett back in the cabinet.

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king....

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Blair seems to not want to accept that it was the illusion of wealth that Brown created that gave Blair his reign as PM.

oh come on.

Blair knew we was a placeman,as did brown.

he was smart/sneaky enough to get out before the SHTF and left gordon to carry the can.

who was it who tried to flog off all our strategic points like gibraltar and NI???...it wasn't gordon.

gordon makes a convenient scapegoat for more sinister things afoot......but the man behind the curtain has been spotted,and the illusion doesn't work anymore.

bummer :P

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Blair confidant: Tony knew Gordon wasn't good enough to beat Cameron

Things are hotting up for Gordon. I wonder what the outcome of this expenses scandal will do to el Presente's state of mental well being?

One question has to be asked, especially by the loyal labourites across the nation: Tony, why did you leave and put Gordon in charge?

In some ways it seems that Blair was El Presciente. :(

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Funny this gem coming out the day its found out Brown is asking Blair for help, sounds like Blair wants to put the boot fair and squarely into Brown's face.

Popcorn anyone?

Gordon has played a blinder!!! what are you on about??.

How on earth could anybody be so clumsy as to get themselves spotted committing economic and political sabotage?

he's blown the stealth approach bigtime!!!

nice one!!!.

I think he and the rest of the cabinet would probably be wise plying their trade somewhere more suited to their ideaology!!!....like russia.

This free speech thing really seems to get on their tits.

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Blair just ran down a massive amount of goodwill that came from the 1997 election which was as much about kicking the Tories out as anything else. This was done by a mixture of spin, sheer hope for a better society and the illusion of wealth that comes from a credit bubble. He was overrated and wouldn't have lasted long enough to compete with Cameron.

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Just shows what a deluded idiot Blair is. I'm confident Blair would have come out of this expenses mess very badly indeed and may well have had to resign on the back of it. Blair left when he did because he knew he'd milked his tenure for as long as he could and that new labour had hit the rocks. He was only too happy to hand Brown the poisoned chalice.

He knew Brown had ruined it.Blair wanted to reform welfare and public services,Brown stopped him at every point.On welfare reform Brown told him tax credits would get people off welfare.Once introduced he ramped them up,made them available to people not working and turned them into means tested welfare.

Brown said yes Tony lets reform public services,then pushed billions in before any reforms.There was a huge battle going on.

Blair would of sacked Brown.The Iraq war stopped it happening.Browns defense of Blair over it meant Blair was stuck.Then as we know he let Brown introduce socialism.Most damage was done from 2002 onwards.Before that the Labour government behaved quite well.Yes small redistribution,but carefull,and in the spirit of reform.

Its easy to attack Blair,he was greasy,but the economic mess now rests 100% at Browns feet.The part Blair did play was not sacking Brown when he knew he was close to lunacy.

Burton always knew this,as did all movers and shakers in The Labour party in the north-east.Burton isnt saying this knowing it will upset Blair,hed never betray his loyalty.Hes saying it because its true.Everyone around at the time in politics in Sedgefield new it.In years to come,history will show Blair made a terrible error not sacking Brown.He knows it,Burton knows it and deep deep down 90% of The Labour party know it.

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In other breaking news Mike Ashley appoints Alan Shearer to save the barcodes from relegation.........

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He knew Brown had ruined it.Blair wanted to reform welfare and public services,Brown stopped him at every point.On welfare reform Brown told him tax credits would get people off welfare.Once introduced he ramped them up,made them available to people not working and turned them into means tested welfare.

Brown said yes Tony lets reform public services,then pushed billions in before any reforms.There was a huge battle going on.

Blair would of sacked Brown.The Iraq war stopped it happening.Browns defense of Blair over it meant Blair was stuck.Then as we know he let Brown introduce socialism.Most damage was done from 2002 onwards.Before that the Labour government behaved quite well.Yes small redistribution,but carefull,and in the spirit of reform.

Brown was still following Clarke's spending plans at the time, he went nuts from that point on, as we know.

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In other breaking news Mike Ashley appoints Alan Shearer to save the barcodes from relegation.........

with a sponsor like northern rock they never really stood much chance.

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