As Prime Minister of Britain, Tony Blair presided over the greatest influx of eastern Europeans this country has ever seen. Despite New Labour’s promise to control numbers in its 1997 manifesto, between 2001 and 2011 the foreign-born population increased by 3.8 million. Some 7.5 million people living in England and Wales were born abroad.
Since their country joined the European Union in 2004, hundreds of thousands of Poles have come to Britain to work – there is a reason why I am singling out the Polish ‘contingent’. Despite the Polish reputation for honesty and commitment to hard work, there must also be a reason why the Metropolitan Police find it necessary to maintain a Twitter account in Polish…it’s not all been plain sailing with our new entrants to the ‘British family’.
That the Polish people were grateful to Tony Blair for making it possible for them to work here and boost the coffers of families back home was evidenced when he was hailed for backing Polish efforts to join the European Union, opening up Britain to Polish workers – Blair was honoured with a special prize for his support of Poland during the annual Polish Business Leaders’ Awards in Warsaw.
Meanwhile, when he was finally unseated from his ceaseless attempts to foment unrest in Britain, he went off to become ‘Middle East Peace Envoy’. Following the ‘success’ of the Iraq invasion, Blair as Peace Envoy watched over the 2008 Lebanon conflict, the South Yemen Insurgency, the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the uprising in Bahrain, the 2011 Yemeni revolution, the Syrian Civil War, the Sinai Insurgency, the Yemeni Civil war – and I haven’t even mentioned ISIS or moved further round North Africa to peaceful spots like Tunisia or Libya. It doesn’t bear thinking about if we hadn’t had such an effective Peace Envoy…
Eventually even former British ambassadors were pleading for him to desist in his peace efforts…
Akiva Eldar, a seasoned Israeli journalist who writes for the Al-Monitor website, said that ‘if you judge by results, they are below zero’, adding that ‘the atmosphere between Israelis and Palestinians is getting worse’.
Blair brushed off the complaints – yet a brief few weeks later he suddenly announced he was going to stand down this month. Sighs of relief all round.
Not for long. Remember the gratitude of the Poles? Hmmn.
Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland, has been in charge of the European Council for ‘Tolerance and Reconciliation’. He stood down yesterday – to make way for – tra la la! Tony Blair as Chairman…for an undeclared fee.
Yes, Blair is going to bring his own special brand of peace and love back to Europe. In the blink of an eye, we will all be ‘dancing like an Egyptian’, throwing homosexuals from the top of tower blocks, beheading anybody who doesn’t worship Allah, and smashing up the British Museum.
He’s done it before. He can surely do it again.
What was that song Labour were so fond of? ‘Things can only get better’?