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"I don't want a country where the only way pensioners can get long-term care is by selling their homes."
   A.L. Blair to the Labour party conference, 1997
During the next 13 years of New Labour, over 200,000 pensioners had to do just that.

"I don't believe I have been tarnished; no . . . I am a pretty straight sort of guy."
   A.L. Blair, On the Record, BBC TV, November 1997 re: accusations that he exempted Formula One from the tobacco sponsorship ban because of Bernie Ecclestone's £1 million donation to the Labour party and promises of future donations.

"When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, 1999, Greenwich will be the most exciting place in the world to be."
   A.L. Blair at the Millennium Dome launch at the Festival Hall, London, 1998/02/23

"The government's handling of the crisis was tardy, ill-informed and badly flawed. If it had acted sooner, the crisis might have been less serious."
   Official inquiry report on the 2001 Foot & Mouth outbreak, which cost the taxpayer £8.5 billion

"The intelligence picture . . . concludes . . . that Saddam has . . . chemical and biological weapons, which could be activated within 45 minutes. . . and that he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability."
   A.L. Blair to House of Commons, 2002/09/24

"Frankly, the idea that we doctored intelligence reports in order to invent some notion about a 45-minute capability for delivering weapons of mass destruction is completely and totally false."
   A.L. Blair to the G8 summit in Evian, June 2003

"Yo, Blair. How are you doing?"
   G.W Bush at the 2006 G8 conference in Russia.

"Goodbye and good riddance. Don't come back."
   Mrs. T. of Romiley, 2007/04/29

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"Tony's idea of teamwork is to let someone else carry the can for his disasters."
   Anonymous cabinet member, 2007/05/10

"This will be a highly selective diary of self-justification and self-importance and will not be an accurate reflection of Tony's premiership."
   'Senior' Downing Street stooge on 2007/05.29 re: The Blair Years,
   Alastair Campbell's 'memoirs', due out on 2007/07/09.
"He could as easily have been talking about Blair's coming work of fiction."
   Ed. 2007/05/30

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