Skip to comments.Where Exactly Is Tony Blair At the Moment? No-one knows..
Posted on 08/18/2005 3:19:23 PM PDT by northmoor
Prime Minister Tony Blair has left London and gone on vacation, that much the British public knows.
But just exactly where is Blair, one of the highest-profile public figures in the world, the leader of Britain's 60 million people, the steady hand behind this government's massive response to last month's deadly subway bombings?
"We usually don't talk about this, I mean, it's his holiday," said a spokesman for the prime minister's office.
President Bush cannot leave Washington without a forwarding address, nor can he ditch the press corps and ask the American people to mind their own business for a couple of weeks, but Blair has managed something like that.
There are no reporters with Blair, who hasn't been heard from publicly since he gave a news conference Aug. 5 and left Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to mind the store.
Pressed for details of Blair's location, his spokesman offered that the prime minister left London, perhaps two weeks or so ago. "I can't remember the date," he said, insisting that his name not be used, as is customary here. "When he comes back, he will have a press conference and people can ask him where he's been."
"Where is our prime minister?" Stephen Glover, a columnist for the Daily Mail, wrote in Tuesday's paper. "All that can be said is that he is out there somewhere."
As a result the public is left guessing.
"He could be anywhere: maybe Australia, maybe the United States," said telephone repairman Steve More.
"I bet he is in the Caribbean," said engineer John Costello.
But More, the telephone technician said, his absence wasn't felt a bit: "This shows we don't really need him, doesn't it?" And, he said, it shows that everyone should be taking a few weeks off in August.
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I DEMAND THAT TONY BLAIR MEET WITH ME!!!!!!!
Oh sorry, caught up in the moment and all that.
Good thing they dont have an islamic fundamentalist traitorous class problem.
He's at the ranch, baby, throwing back some brews with W and hucking rocks at the reporters at Camp Peacemonger.
Probably visiting Crawford, Texas.
It was supposed to be a secret!
This is odd...a leader of a country....just goes off without so much as "I'll call" and leaves an underling in charge....is this a normal thing in England?
He is either in Crawford or he is at some remote and isolated vacation spot and is planning his retirement...
can't hardly blame him either.
Not the last I knew. And it's really hard to pull off around the British press.
How do you huck a rock?
Just took a quick look at some of the British tabs. Nothing there about Blair going walkabout.
I remember last month reading about terrorists threats to Tuscany, Italy for July and August. They mentioned that he vacations there every summer, and that he was probably the target. Maybe because of this they are keeping it low key. I think there were threads here about it.
When Bush tries to sneak into Iraq to spend Thanksgiving with the troops, the press accuses him of filing false flight plans.
Horseback riding at Madonna's estate...(pretty good cover story eh, about the fall..)