I feel exhausted writing about Tony Blair.
Every time I need a breather I take a resolution not to mention his name ever again, nor write a few short words about him. But something always crops up which seems to drive me to break my intention and go back to my old habits.
The man is a walking newsbox. He does not let the grass grow under his feet. His fingers are in every pie and he hardly ever stops to take a deep breath and remove himself, even for a short period, from centre stage. And on top of it, he is bereft of any milk of human kindness.
Yet amazingly enough, he’s being constantly fêted by so many institutions that you would think him some kind of Messiah, a heroic figure devoting his life and energies to charitable causes and the pursuit of goodness throughout the world.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
He is a consummate opportunist who uses his connections as an ex-prime minister to feather his own nest, always pretending to be a man of peace whereas his appalling record in office is atrocious to say the least. He has sacrificed the lives of so many innocent people by his invasion of Iraq and left the country shattered and divided as never before.
The removal of Saddam Hussein – a butcher, he might have been – did not bring stability and peace to Iraq. The carnage hasn’t stopped to this day and is unlikely to cease. Blair’s legacy of total chaos and internal strife remains a serious destabilising factor which does not auger well for the future of Iraq.
Yet the man of many parts has now been honoured by Poland for letting into the UK hundreds of thousands of Polish people who came here to work for low wages and send the money back home.
The only consolation we have is that no such reward will be given to him here in Britain where his standing since leaving office has plummeted rock bottom. He is despised by the majority of the electorate who see him as an ogre wanting to swallow everything he can lay his hands on. His greed is now well documented; yet again his capacity to take flak without a single murmur of discontent is a remarkable feat of self-control. Insensitivity has become his trade mark and he seems to wallow in it.
His bestowal as far as Poland is concerned lies in the fact that Polish is now Britain’s second language as figures have revealed last week. Some 546,000 speak it as a main lingo – twice as many as our third language, Punjabi.
One can only say that Tony Blair has turned this country upside down and has a lot to answer for. As a Christian he must remember that the mills of God grind slowly.
In the meantime, I wish some country will adopt him and rid us once and for all from his vile influence so that we can once again raise our heads high, without an inkling of shame or remorse.