The Death of Truth & Reputation
IF YOU HEAR WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH in the wake of Tony Blair's third election victory, that's just the nation's libel laywers at their going-out-of-business booze-up. The British people knew full well that Tony Blair and his Ministers have lied their heads off for the past eight years, abused their powers and enriched themselves and their cronies at the taxpayer's expense.
If a man can tell so many lies and still be re-elected,
The British people knew full well that Blair lied to the nation about everything immigration, taxes (see our Stealth Taxes feature), the threat to this country from Saddam Hussein, the policies of political opponents, his relationship with Gordon Brown (the man who became his arch-enemy as a result of his lies); absolutely everything. But none of that mattered because he still got in.
Blair wasted billions of pounds of taxpayers' money on his Millennium Dome, on paying too much compensation to farmers hit by the foot & mouth outbreak, on salaries for cronies apointed to pointless quangos, on trying to slide the nation into the eurozone, on an illegal war in Iraq and much, much more. But none of that mattered because he still got in.
He gave jobs to cronies in the legal trade (e.g. Lord Irvine and Charlie Falconer) and hurried disgraced ministers back into plum jobs (e.g. Peter Mandelson twice and David Blunkett, who is set to return to the Cabinet). Blair and New Labour gave a collective seal of approval to Alastair Campbell politicizing the civil service in Labour's favour But who cares? Well, no one, if the result of the 2005 general election is to be believed.
So the good news is we can now say anything we like about Blair;
So a British citizen can now proclaim that Tony Blair and his cronies are all members of Al Qaida and on Osama bin Laden's personal payroll (a conclusion not incompatible with the known facts), knowing there's not a damn thing Blair and Co. can do to silence the accuser.
IF POLITICIANS CAN LIE TO US, get indignant when no one believes them, and get even more indignant when their lies are exposed, then they have willingly abandoned all contact with the truth. Which gives the rest of us a licence to say anything we like about them. And get just as indignant if they object.
The death of truth means the end of protection and the end of profit for lying politicians. If they have no care for their reputations, then the rest of us can ignore them, too!