By Goodwin Ginger

“Everyone is concerned…. My only plea is that people exercise the power they have got in this regard responsibly for the whole of the international community.”

Tony Blair to Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales

Shocking. And just whom does Mr. Blaire think constitutes the whole of the international community? It would be nice if he meant all of us regular folk who are hurt by high oil prices. But I think Mr. Blair rather means international investors. I do not recall Mr. Blair ever calling on executives of multinational companies “to exercise the power they have in this regard responsibly for the whole of the international community.” Oh but wait, given Mr Blair’s adoration of free markets and international capital he probably truly believes that when global capital acts in its own regard it is acting in regard for the whole.

Well Mr. Blair the problem is that this dynamic duo does not think that this is so. And what is more they believe it is the job of the government in all sincerity to do their peoples bidding to the best of their ability. It is a rather rich notion of democracy. Imagine democratically elected leaders working to further a mandate that was popularly given. Tony likes the opposite. To follow a mandate given by god and global capital and then attempt to spin it so it is loosely tethered to what the people say they want.

Next canard: what about the suffering of the poor upper middle class in Venezuela?

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