Saturday, May 12, 2007

Benny Hill and me at Trimdon Labour Club...?

An American friend messaged me to point out that I'm in this picture from Trimdon Labour Club which appeared in the Washington Post - and syndicated across many other papers around the world.

At least that's what I thought he was doing...until he asked why Benny Hill was with Tony Blair in Sedgefield.



Anonymous said...

You seem fairly close there Phil. Did our Tone wash the blood off his hands before going up there?

fairdealphil said...

honoured to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder - if only for a moment - with a great statesman and leader who took the tough decisions in the interests of our nation.

Anonymous said...

If only the Prime Minister would stand shoulder to shoulder with the poor young men he sent to Iraq. Then people might respect him.

fairdealphil said...

He has done. Many times.

Blair took the tough decision to send British troops when the whole world believed Butcher Saddam and his murdering sons had WMD (he'd already used them on his own people).

Parliament - including the Tories - backed the invasion after criticising Blair for not taking pre-emptive action to "take out Saddam" earlier.

So we'll take no lectures there thanks!

You forgot to mention the British troops no longer needed in Northern Ireland thanks to Blair's untiring work there which resulted in the peace deal just last week.

And you forgot to mention the troops Blair sent to Kosovo who stopped ethnic cleansing (murder)of thousands of people there.

Or the troops he sent to Sierra Leone who saved thousands of people from the ethnic butchery that was going on there.

Or the troops currently serving in Afghanistan, fighting to prevent the Taliban from regaining control.

Before '97 the attack from the hard right on Blair was that our troops would never be deployed under Labour.

How times change.