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Delusions of Honesty ^ | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 07/18/2007 3:30:26 AM PDT by ventanax5

When Tony Blair announced his resignation after 10 years as prime minister of the United Kingdom, his voice choked with emotion and he nearly shed a tear. He asked his audience to believe that he had always done what he thought was right. He would have been nearer the mark had he said that he always thought that what was right was whatever he had done. Throughout his years in office, he kept inviolable his belief in the existence of a purely beneficent essence of himself, a belief so strong that no quantity of untruthfulness, shady dealings, unscrupulousness, or constitutional impropriety could undermine or destroy it. Having come into the world marked by Original Virtue, Mr. Blair was also a natural-born preacher.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blair; dalrymple

1 posted on 07/18/2007 3:30:26 AM PDT by ventanax5
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To: ventanax5

Anthony (A.M.) Daniels (1949-) is an English writer and retired physician (prison doctor and psychiatrist), who generally uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple.

In his commentary, Daniels frequently argues that the so-called “progressive” views prevalent within Western intellectual circles minimize the responsibility of individuals for their own actions and undermine traditional values, contributing to the formation within rich countries of an underclass afflicted by endemic violence, criminality, sexual promiscuity, welfare dependency, and drug abuse.

2 posted on 07/18/2007 3:37:21 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: ventanax5

Pretty amazing view on Only Blair. Was I not paying attention during his administration, or did the press give him a pass during his ten years?

He stood firmly with us during the war, when most offered only criticism.

3 posted on 07/18/2007 3:51:43 AM PDT by listenhillary (Freeze federal spending RIGHT NOW! Maybe in 25 years, we can be out of debt.)
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To: ventanax5; NCSteve; clyde asbury
What he said on one day had no necessary connection with what he said on the following day: and if someone pointed out the contradiction, he would use his favorite phrase, "It's time to move on," as if detecting contradictions in what he said were some kind of curious psychological symptom in the person detecting them.

... (bearing in mind that it is always highly speculative to make a diagnosis at a distance). But finally, a possible solution arrived in a flash of illumination. Mr. Blair suffered from a condition previously unknown to me: delusions of honesty.

As always, brilliant analysis from "Mr. Dalrymple." He's nailed not only Tony Blair, but an entire generation of politicians and bureaucrats like him.

I'm reminded of the famous exchange from "Patton": "General, sometimes they can't tell when you're acting." "It isn't important for them to know - it's only important for me to know!"

4 posted on 07/18/2007 5:36:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("A dependence on mass immigration is always a structural weakness and should be understood as such.")
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To: ventanax5

Tony Blair is/was a liberal.
I don’t know why so many people forget that.

5 posted on 07/18/2007 5:44:24 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: listenhillary
Americans don’t know how REALLY Liberal the British are. If you recall, in the election that put Blair in office, it was a virtual landslide for Liberal candidates all across the country and areas which for decades had been Conservative, voted for Blair. It was something, truly amazing.

In the UK, I think, Liberal and Labor are virtually the same thing. They have no qualms about the lack of any designation in their politics. In the US, at least for now, there is a sort of a thin line separating Labor and Democrats... rapidly fading of course, but still two distinct political and social phenomena. In the end, we may end up with the same thing. God help us then.

6 posted on 07/18/2007 5:57:08 AM PDT by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: nuconvert

Because of his alliance with the US and specifically GWB.

7 posted on 07/18/2007 6:13:11 AM PDT by misterrob ("I've never heard of anyone going on the disabled list with pulled fat." RIP Rod Beck)
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To: Raycpa

Crikey! I certainly don’t want T. Dalrymple pissed at me.

8 posted on 07/18/2007 7:45:23 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: ventanax5
This Analysis is spot on. Blair presided over the greatest reduction in civil rights the UK has experienced since Charles I attempted to assert the divine right of kings. His abolition of the bar on double jeopardy alone should have seen him thrown out of office.

Unfortunately the population of the UK suffers from undiluted "collectivism" 24/7 from the BBC, ITV etc etc. Even Sky News, owned by Murdock, is left of center. Added to which the government schools preach socialism from the age of 4.

Unfortunately the Tories, who in fact are a bunch of lapdogs, are vilified in the electronic media.This is what happens when you don't have a written constitution.

9 posted on 07/18/2007 9:07:20 AM PDT by Timocrat (I Emanate on your Auras and Penumbras Mr Blackmun)
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