Not even the Irish like Blair

Tony Blair manages to duck the eggs and shoes flying in his direction during a visit to Dublin to plug his new book. Blair knew that if he had a public book signing in this country, he would have met the same response. But he seriously underestimated the strength of Irish antipathy.  He shouldn’t have; it’s as strong there as it is here. Blair appeared on RTE’s The Late Late Show (once hosted by Gay Byrne) where he repeated his claim that the “biggest threat the world faces is from radical Islam”.

“We need to give a message to Iran that is very clear – that they cannot have nuclear weapons capability, and we will stop them,” he said.

Mr Blair said he was not advocating military action, but simply saying no option could be taken off the table.

Personally, I think the biggest threat facing the world is from warmongers like you.

From The Guardian

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.

It’s nice to see the shoe thing has caught on and we thank Iraqi journalist, Muntadar al-Zaidi for introducting it to the rest of the world.

I never tire of watching this video. Enjoy!

EDITED TO ADD:

I found this article from The Daily Mail from this March. Blair’s business interests are in direct conflict with his role as the International Quartet’s ‘special envoy’.

Tony Blair waged an extraordinary two-year battle to keep secret a lucrative deal with a multinational oil giant which has extensive interests in Iraq.

The former Prime Minister tried to keep the public in the dark over his dealings with South Korean oil firm UI Energy Corporation.

Mr Blair – who has made at least £20million since leaving Downing Street in June 2007 – also went to great efforts to keep hidden a £1million deal advising the ruling royal family in Iraq’s neighbour Kuwait.

In an unprecedented move, he persuaded the committee which vets the jobs of former ministers to keep details of both deals from the public for 20 months, claiming it was commercially sensitive. The deals emerged yesterday when the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments finally lost patience with Mr Blair and decided to ignore his objections and publish the details.

Kerching!

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