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  • Thursday, December 30, 2004

    Blair continues with his holiday, despite tsunami crisis

    It seems Blair would rather continue to enjoy himself on holiday, than return to Britain and help to coordinate any British relief efforts towards the tsunami victims.

    Number 10 stressed that Mr Blair had held two phone conversations with John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, as well as a conference call with Hilary Benn, the development secretary, and Mr Straw. Mr Prescott is holding a daily coordination meeting with ministers. Mr Prescott, Mr Straw and Mr Benn cut short their holidays, as did the international development minister, Gareth Thomas.
    All those other ministers cut short their holidays to help with the relief effort, Blair should have done the same.


    At 12/30/2004 03:58:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It seems almost farcical that the British Prime Minister is content to continue his own holiday, when those of many Britons and indeed many other nations have been cut so cruelly short by this disaster!

    Has Mr Blair forgotten that a General Election looms close in 2005?

    I don't think many Britons will!

    At 12/30/2004 04:09:00 pm, Blogger Adrian said...

    Am not so sure about this- remember he has young children who give up time with their father for the sake of his career. For the sake of his family Blair should continue his holiday but continue to organise things by telephone. It would worry me if the government couldn't survive for a couple of weeks without his physical presense.

    At 12/30/2004 05:28:00 pm, Blogger Voice 1 said...

    Thank you both for your comments, I have to say I think Blair should have returned, as I have said previously this is a tragedy on a scale which has never been seen before in our life times.

    Blair saw fit after the terrible events of the 11th September 2001, to commit to a so called "war on terrorism" because, he said of British lives destroyed on that day, however, it is quite possible that just as many, if not more Brits have died as a result of this disaster in Asia, as well of course as the tens of thousands of locals lives destroyed through the tragedy.

    As I said in the original message,
    in a tragedy like this, ministers should return to London to coordinate relief efforts, if other ministers have done so, why can't Blair? Other ministers have children also, don't forget that.


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