Tony Blair’s excellent advice

Tony Blair is a polarizing figure now in British politics. Despite what critics may say, he was and is an extraordinarily successful politician. When he gives advice, it pays to listen.

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair Speaks In Ar... British Prime Minister Tony Blair Speaks In Armagh, Northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tony Blair has given us a great insight into his success as a politician and a public figure. If we look beyond the propriety of his advice and Mrs Brooks motive in recording it, we will see its value. Tony Blair is an astute politician. He succeeded in large part because he could manage the media message, which today is as important as the political programme. He has provided good crisis management advice that corporate leaders and politicians should take note.

The advice in its parts helps us understand how he managed the appearance as well as the reality of the situation. Like all successful politicians and public figures, Mr Blair understands that appearance can become the reality.

“1. Form an independent unit that has an outside junior counsel, Ken Macdonald, a great and good type, a…

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3 Responses to Tony Blair’s excellent advice

  1. Ian says:

    The more important point seems to be should any given appearance become an accepted or constructed reality and what does the acceptance of any given reality say about the individuals(s) and their world view.

    • Ian,
      Thank for the comment. As Plato says, the Philosophers create a city in speech that is often, but not always, realized in deed. Politicians do the same in that they create cities in speech when they set out a future for their party and country. We accept those willingly or unwillingly depending on the legitimacy of the political process. However, we cannot deny that an appearance becomes a reality whether or not we accept that appearance.

      I will never touch justice but I can see its consequences and appreciate its presence. In that sense, there is a correspondence between reality and appearance. At times, though a gap can emerge between reality and appearance and a politician, as would a philosopher, would need to reconcile them or adjust one or the other to make them work. In a democracy, the two correlate more closely than say in a Tyranny.
      The problem, though for a democracy, is that the battle is over appearance and that understanding of appearance, rather than the relationship of appearance and reality, becomes the issue. For example, people worried about “death lists” in a health care legislation. Soon the worry, within the democracy was about death lists, the appearance and what it meant rather than the appearance and the reality.
      As we know from history, demagogues will exploit that gap and may succeed especially if they achieve political control so that reality can never be matched to appearance. This is why Tyranny’s control the public records. By contrast, any government controls the public record, we have governments to govern, but how they govern will reflect their willingness to allow the appearance of their reality to be checked against the public’s understanding of that reality. In other words, democracies allow their government’s to be held to account through elections and public hearings.

      Thank again for a stimulating comment.

  2. Wirral In It Together says:

    Bit early for a spring clean wasn’t it Lol lad? Ok… I think I understand why you had to do what you did…

    …without my previously published comments… it looks a lot tidier.

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