Friday, November 10, 2006

Tony, do you think they'll drop the bomb?

With Dubya's party getting a whipping in the elections over there and Blair struggling to maintain his authority here, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller's intervention today comes as no great surprise. The government clearly believes that we're not currently scared enough and that it's their job to put this right.

Not for the first time, I'm reminded of a song.
Tony's gonna make all of your nightmares come true.

Tony's gonna put all of his fears into you.

Tony's gonna keep you right here under his wing.

He won't let you fly, but he might let you sing.

Tony's gonna keep Baby cozy and warm.

Ooo Babe, of course Tony's gonna help build a wall.
It's the nanny state gone mad...

Anyway, as usual when Blair resorts to the politics of fear, he's now stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, he wants us to believe that the threat of terrorism is greater than ever. On this, unfortunately, I believe he's probably right. But he also wants us to believe that this increased threat has nothing to do with Iraq and that the very government which has presided over this dramatic increase can now be trusted to deal with it. Duh!?

Perhaps most worrying is the fact that he appears to seriously and genuinely believe that this is a convincing argument. Joking aside, it is increasingly clear that he is not a well man.

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