Tony Blair at the Levenson Inquiry and he makes you want to cry, doesn’t he, with his The Daily Mail had it in for Cherie? Still, the good news is that Rupert Murdoch didn’t lobby him on media policy or at least not if Tony is to be believed and Tony is not a liar, is he? Rhetorical questions; Tony is, as we all know, a liar and his “working relationship” with Murdoch was, of course, a little bit more than just that and, when we think about the big crime, ….. well, the illegal war in Iraq might not have been possible …. oh, forget the “might“, the hedging, the caution .. it just wouldn’t have been possible without the backing of the Murdoch press.
Yes a right farce this inquiry and the extent of that farce becomes all too obvious when The Independent’s Martin Hickman reports of “our” war criminal’s “silken performance”, while coming to the conclusion that the session, which ended with a little tete`-a-tete´ between Lord Leveson and Mr Blair on press reform, saw “the master escapologist” once again getting off the hook. Yes, it would appear that the protestor who had accused Blair of being paid by JP Morgan for the Iraq war and of still being paid six million dollars annually by the bank, is already, more or less, forgotten. …. and there, of course, we get to the real issue.
We might, indeed, be dealing with a “master escapologist”, Mr Hickman, but the man remains a war criminal who is in fact escaping the clutches of the law. Therefore, while you might privately admire the man’s audacity and, yes, deceit, any decent press really should steer clear of any public praise for this felon. Still, if there is one thing the Levenson Inquiry at least helps to underline it is that …. well, ‘Blighty’ remains a long way from having a decent press.