Pavlos (pavlos) wrote,
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I'm hoping Blair just got it wrong...

Soon after the London bombings, Tony Blair made a statement of a kind we typically hear from US presidents (emphasis mine):
Those responsible have no respect for human life - we are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism. When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated, when they seek to change our country, our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed.
To the general public, the term "our way of life" is supposed to evoke "everything that we hold noble and dear". However, in conventional political speech "our way of life" means "our customary level of exploitation". Blair's statement was a standard response meaning "We note the attack and we do not plan to change our exploitative policies in response".

I'm hoping he's got this very wrong, and it will cost him his post, as was the case with Aznar. Firstly, British people appear quite sane today, or at least as sane as they ever were. Secondly, terrorism is not new here, and I'm guessing that the public prefers political solutions to forceful ones. Thirdly, Blair's preoccupation with the G8 may alienate voters.

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