Not Saussure

September 12, 2006

Blair at the TUC Conference

Filed under: Blair, nemesis, Politics, UK — notsaussure @ 5:02 pm

From The Telegraph

Tony Blair faced heckling, boos and a walk out from union activists today as he delivered his final speech to the TUC conference as Prime Minister.

  Tony Blair
Tony Blair announced last week that he will step down before next year’s TUC conference

As soon as he rose to address delegates in Brighton, dozens left the hall and cries of “shame” and “bring them home” echoed through the chamber.

Some delegates brandished “Blair Out” placards. However Mr Blair immediately went on the offensive, warning activists of the danger that in the future the Labour Party would be out of power, in opposition.

To applause, he said : “However difficult it is, however fraught our relations from time to time, make no mistake – I want the TUC to go on being addressed by a Labour Prime Minister, not to be addressed again by a leader of the opposition.”

For 18 years, the Labour leader had “no power to do anything” other than oppose, he reminded them.

From Animal Farm by George Orwell: Chapter 3

Do you know what would happen if we pigs failed in our duty? Jones would come back! Yes, Jones would come back! Surely, comrades,” cried Squealer almost pleadingly, skipping from side to side and whisking his tail, “surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones come back?” Now if there was one thing that the animals were completely certain of, it was that they did not want Jones back. When it was put to them in this light, they had no more to say.

Incidentally, here’s Comrade Squealer rather later on in the book — doesn’t it sound familiar?

Reading out the figures in a shrill, rapid voice, he proved to them in detail that they had more oats, more hay, more turnips than they had had in Jones’s day, that they worked shorter hours, that their drinking water was of better quality, that they lived longer, that a larger proportion of their young ones survived infancy, and that they had more straw in their stalls and suffered less from fleas. The animals believed every word of it. Truth to tell, Jones and all he stood for had almost faded out of their memories.


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