September 27, 2006

LIKE GEORGE BLUTH STAGING BOY FIGHTS:

Blair 'sets up' a heavyweight Reid-Brown bout (JAMES KIRKUP AND GERRI PEEV , 9/27/06, The Scotsman)

TONY Blair yesterday began his long goodbye to Labour, raising the prospect of a succession battle between Gordon Brown and John Reid and warning that success at the next election depends on continuing his programme of reform.

In his last party conference speech as leader, Mr Blair mounted an unyielding defence of his record, insisting that he had been right to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, right to shake up public services, right to enact controversial anti-terrorism laws and, above all, right to drag Labour to the political centre-ground.

He was rewarded with a seven-minute ovation. Some delegates wept, others waved placards praising "the best prime minister ever". Even longstanding critics admitted that the speech was a virtuoso display and some Labour MPs said it outshone the Chancellor's less spectacular address on Monday and undermined Mr Brown's claim to the top job.

Although he observed a recent peace deal with the Chancellor by praising "a remarkable man, a remarkable servant to this country", Mr Blair yesterday stopped short of endorsing Mr Brown as his chosen successor.

The Prime Minister even used a joke to tacitly admit the frosty relations between his wife, Cherie, and Mr Brown. "I don't have to worry about her running off with the bloke next door," he quipped, leaving Mr Brown visibly startled for a second.


When does the one-armed man show up to warn them: "And that's why you never, ever stray from Blairism...."

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2006 8:23 AM
Comments

OK, which one's McCain and which one's Giuliani?

Posted by: John at September 27, 2006 9:10 AM

McCain is GOB. Giuliani is Tobias.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2006 9:15 AM

Funny references.

Posted by: RC at September 27, 2006 1:37 PM

McCain is Buster. CFR and Terrorist rights seem right up Buster's alley. Plus McCain seems like a momma's boy.

Guliani is George Sr., tho he'd room with Tobias in a pinch if his wife kicked him out.

Ah man, now I'm mourning for Arrested Development. The only decent sitcom in the post-Seinfeld wasteland of Friends and Friends knock-offs.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 27, 2006 3:54 PM
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