Thursday, 8 October 2009

Julie, a committed Tony Blair Supporter, has uploaded this short video to YouTube.

You can visit Julie's informative blog here

video

If you haven't yet signed the petition, please do so - Ban Blair-Baiting petition.

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Ban Blair Baiting petition: 19th September 2009 update

The Ban Blair-Baiting petition has been doing the rounds for several weeks.

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ban-blair-baiting.html

It has attracted visitors and signatures from all over the world, perhaps most notably from Iraq, Afghanistan and even Iran.

Three well respected journalists and a British member of parliament - YES, ONLY ONE so far - have added their names to the list.

The signatories are in agreement with the petition owners that Tony Blair deserves to be treated fairly by the press and by those with a vested or pressure group interest as this Inquiry proceeds.

An Iraqi commenter at the petition site:

I am and my family are deeply grateful for the salvation from Saddam's terror by Mr.Blair. I don't understand why so many people attack him. He only wanted to help. He did not tell lies.Saddam's regime was as terrific [ sic ] (horrific?)as explained by Mr. Blair. It is easy for people living in the West to criticise. They don't have to live here and don't get killed by terrorists.
Islam is peace!!!! Down with the fundamentalists!!!


And an Afghan:

When the Taleban took over we left the country to flee from their terror regime.Only the insurgency groups stop us from being a real democracy years ago. We hope our country wins the battle against terrorism with the great help of America/Britain.Our enemy is not Tony Blair but the Taleban.

And from an Iranian:

I wish he was still in power and could help MY country too. Iran has one of the most brutal dictatorships on earth!!!
It is good to know that not all Western leaders are looking away but that some take actions!!!!! Be proud of your former PM,Brits!


Many of us are proud of our former PM. We SHOULD ALL be. Sadly, there has been much muddying of his reputation by those with a vested interest, led by the media's various political agendas.

This petition intends to make it clear that this should NOT continue as witnesses are called to the Iraq war Inquiry.

Even before Mr Blair appears at the Inquiry damage can easily be done to the legitimacy and fairness of the eventual outcome of the Inquiry by those in our "free" country with a mind to do so.

Daily raking through witnesses' statements and attempting to tie them in with earlier pre-conceptions as regards Mr Blair's political decisions should NOT be indulged in by the press. Some might argue that this is an attempt to silence critics. It is NOT. The critics have rehearsed their "cases" endlessly over the last several years. It is not simply "Free Speech" for them to continue to do so while an Inquiry is underway.

If this Inquiry were a TRIAL they would not be permitted to do so under subjudice laws.

Because it isn't a trial, there is actually far more room for prejudiced reporting.

That is exactly why we started this petition and this associated blog.

Please link to this site or to the Ban Blair-Baiting petition, and don't forget to let your friends know.

Many thanks.

John Justice

Monday, 3 August 2009

Ban Blair-Baiting Petition

The inquiry into the Iraq war was launched on 31 July 2009. Within seconds there were calls for Tony Blair to be hung, drawn, and quartered for his part in the war (see this post at a Blair-supporting blog. Click browser's back arrow to return here). The originators of this website consider that such vitriolic hatred directed at a former Prime Minister has no place in our politics. We also believe that at the very least Mr Blair should be given a fair hearing at the inquiry.

We have therefore put the following petition on line.

TITLE
BAN BLAIR-BAITING

BACKGROUND
Bear-baiting, whereby a tethered bear was attacked by a pack of dogs, was outlawed in this country in 1835. It is now time to stop BLAIR-baiting, i.e. attacks on our former Prime Minister by the dogs of anti-war. Less metaphorically it can be defined as the constant incitement of hatred against Tony Blair for taking us to war in Iraq.

This year's Blair-baiting season will reach its peak when the Iraq war inquiry starts to call witnesses. Parts of the media, the anti-Iraq war lobby and some families of soldiers killed in the war are already calling for this to be a TRIAL of Tony Blair with a view to gathering as much evidence as possible to send him to The Hague for "war crimes". Except that unlike a normal trial, Tony Blair has been presumed guilty in advance.

The organisers of this petition do not belong to any one party but are united in our belief in "innocent until proved guilty" and that Mr Blair should be given a fair hearing at the inquiry. To this end we demand that if the Blair-baiters want to turn the inquiry into a trial they should follow the same rules as a trial and not be allowed to make any public comment on the proceedings until they are over.

Please show your support for Tony Blair through this period of "trial" by signing this petition. If you would like to be more actively involved in the campaign associated with it could you please leave your contact details in the "contact author" box that accompanies this petition.

PETITION
We, the undersigned agree that Blair-baiting should NOT be allowed to prejudice the outcome of the Iraq war inquiry. We therefore call upon the media and other interested parties to refrain from such activity for the duration of the inquiry.

The campaign we have in mind will be focused on countering the anti-Blair activity that will undoubtedly accompany the Iraq war inquiry, particularly when Tony Blair makes his appearance. This will take the form of letters to the media, online comments and demonstrating support for him at the inquiry.

We will keep you informed of developments regarding the petition at this site.