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"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world" - Henry Kissinger

and yet...

"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences" – Robert Louis Stevenson

Janan Ganesh on the 'supernatural gifts' of Tony Blair

In response to an FT article by Janan Ganesh on 21st July 2014, entitled 'The Tony Blair legacy is electoral domination not policy'

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bedfb93c-10c5-11e4-812b-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz46VTgvB39

"He had supernatural gifts as a communicator and gazer into the public mind that occur in a politician once every few generations."

Have you taken something Mr Ganesh? Were you even there? I found his communication skills greasy, his sincerity as convincing as the fake wood in an old Vauxhall Astra, and if he ever gazed into my mind I'm afraid he wasn't listening, just as he wasn't listening when hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets prior to the invasion of Iraq to say "No - We don't believe you".

I don't think history will remember Mr Blair in the way that he would like, despite his 'modesty' which, like so much else about him, is fake. I believe that he sincerely thinks he knows what God wants, but that doesn't make him sincere, it makes him deluded.

We don't know who shot down MH17, but Philip Hammond wants to 'use the sense of shock to galvanise opinion'

The omniscient Philip Stephens on the downing of flight MH17