This video from the USA says about itself:
Rupert Murdoch Pressured Tony Blair Over Iraq
Jun 18, 2012 by TheYoungTurks
“Rupert Murdoch joined in an “over-crude” attempt by US Republicans to force Tony Blair to accelerate British involvement in the Iraq war a week before a crucial House of Commons vote in 2003, according to the final volumes of Alastair Campbell’s government diaries. In another blow to the media mogul, who told the Leveson inquiry that he had never tried to influence any prime minister, Campbell’s diary says Murdoch warned Blair in a phone call of the dangers of a delay in Iraq…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
Read more here from Nicholas Watt in The Guardian.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Tony Blair jeered by UCL students before speech
The former prime minister is greeted with chants of “war criminal” as he arrives at the London university
Tuesday 13 November 2012 17.33 GMT
Tony Blair was jeered by anti-war protesters as he arrived to deliver a speech at University College London (UCL) this morning.
Students and campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition used the occasion to reiterate their demand that the former primer minister be tried for war crimes and criticised the university for hosting the event.
Blair was speaking at the launch of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies (ISRS) – a research institute which is independent from UCL – alongside former defence secretary John Reid and education secretary Michael Gove.
But students say the event-organisers behaved in an underhand manner by failing to advertise the speech, which was open only to guests who paid £700 for tickets.
Chris Nineham, vice chair of Stop the War Coalition, which organised the protest says: “It is completely insane for a man who lied to parliament to be speaking at a conference supported by one of Britain’s premier educational institutions. It is an absolutely mad situation.”
UCL student Ollie Sutherland, one of dozens who protested, agreed that Blair was not welcome on campus: “Universities need to make the world a better place and inviting people like Tony Blair runs contrary to that.”
Earlier this week, Labour MPs Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell said they were “appalled” by the news that Blair was to appear at the event, and called on UCL to “reconsider its position in hosting this institution and instead protect its own academic independence.”
See also here.
- Stop The War Coalition to stage protest as Tony Blair gives speech at University College London (independent.co.uk)
- No to war criminal Blair at UCL (socialistworker.co.uk)
- How Did Tony Get On At UCL? (ukgovernmentwatch.wordpress.com)
- Tony Blair’s record in the Middle East is a sorry one – it’s time he quit (telegraph.co.uk)
- Tony Blair teaches Lord Mandelson how to profit from politics (telegraph.co.uk)