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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,14:55   



So does the departure of Blair mean anything wrt to education in the UK?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article1966975.ece

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Kristine



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,15:20   

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Mr Blair is being lined up for a role as a Middle East peace envoy when he leaves office next week, it has emerged.

The Prime Minister is being mentioned as a possible envoy for the Quartet group of peacemakers: the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia.

The New York Times reported today that President Bush and Condoleezza Rice endorse him for the post, and hope that Mr Blair will be able to lay the groundwork for a Palestinian state.

They see his job as working with President Abbas, to help him to build the institutions and apparatus necessary for a viable, independent Palestinian homeland.

Probably not, considering that no one seems to have learned a lesson about anything else. (If anyone wants Blair to function well as an envoy to the Middle East then it's common knowledge that Bush and Condi need to STFU! Maybe even pretend that they don't want him! ) :)

The article doesn't mention the educational policy inclinations of Blair's successor.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:19   

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(If anyone wants Blair to function well as an envoy to the Middle East then it's common knowledge that Bush and Condi need to STFU! Maybe even pretend that they don't want him! ) :)


that's an understatement:

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The role would be ironic, commented The New York Times, considering that it was Mr Blair's close support for President Bush and his war in Iraq that hurt him politically in Britain.

Incidents like Mr Bush's offhand greeting: "Yo, Blair!", as the Prime Minister was caught on microphone offering to act as his envoy to the Middle East during the Lebanon crisis last year, have helped to give Mr Blair the reputation of Mr Bush's poodle.


Yo, Bush!

If Blair is Bush's poodle, what kind of dog is Bush to Cheney and Rove?

something big, dumb and slobbery...

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"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:33   

Quote (Ichthyic @ June 21 2007,17:19)
Yo, Bush!

If Blair is Bush's poodle, what kind of dog is Bush to Cheney and Rove?

something big, dumb and slobbery...

The nutty right wing has been fortunate so far in finding two very stupid, very gullible, very ideological and very uninformed Presidents that they could lead around by the nose --- Reagan and the Shrub.

As for Bush the Elder, he was none of those things --- and the lunatic right hated him for it.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:37   

...and they made sure he didn't get re-elected.

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:47   

Quote ("Rev Dr" Lenny Flank @ June 21 2007,17:33)
Quote (Ichthyic @ June 21 2007,17:19)
Yo, Bush!

If Blair is Bush's poodle, what kind of dog is Bush to Cheney and Rove?

something big, dumb and slobbery...

The nutty right wing has been fortunate so far in finding two very stupid, very gullible, very ideological and very uninformed Presidents that they could lead around by the nose --- Reagan and the Shrub.

As for Bush the Elder, he was none of those things --- and the lunatic right hated him for it.

This would explain why the wingnuts seem not to have decided who they want for president in 2008. None of the current crop seem to really fit that mold.

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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:49   

It's why there is a large push for Fred Thompson from the far right.

too little, too late, most likely, but it will throw a monkey wrench in things, and further delay marginalizing the ultra right if he gets a significant share of the press and monies.

thought we were talking about Blair, though?

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,17:54   

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It's why there is a large push for Fred Thompson from the far right.

too little, too late, most likely, but it will throw a monkey wrench in things, and further delay marginalizing the ultra right if he gets a significant share of the press and monies.

thought we were talking about Blair, though?

We need to hear from some of the numerous Brits here. I suspect they'll, uh, have something of an opinion on Bush's poodle finally leaving office.

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Kristine



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(Permalink) Posted: June 21 2007,18:48   

However, the point is not just who's leaving, but who's coming in.

What are Brown's education plans?

Not a terribly informative article, and it skirts the whole issue of religious schools, but it raises some relevant questions.

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(Permalink) Posted: June 22 2007,12:14   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ June 21 2007,17:54)
We need to hear from some of the numerous Brits here. I suspect they'll, uh, have something of an opinion on Bush's poodle finally leaving office.

Personally I doubt that it will make much difference. There will be no general election, the Labour party have decided on a shoe-in. We are getting Gordon Brown next and has he has been chancellor for years (effectively Blair's deputy), why would he be any different? But we shall see.

  
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