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One sided, but thorough and in-depth deconstruction of Blair
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When Tony Blair arrived in 10 Downing Street as leader of the Labour party in May of 1997, he was set to transform the party in a manner no one could have predicted. After over fifteen years of tough Tory rule, he had a vision for 'New Labour', which would take it off course from its firm socialist roots. George Galloway, who was sacked from Labour after revolting against Blair's decision to invade Iraq, has made this documentary, charting Blair's nefarious antics after assuming office, from cosying up to Rupert Murdoch for favourable media coverage, to getting a tobacco advertising ban overturned from Formula One after a generous grant from Bernie Ecclestone, a dodgy deal with some arms contractors, through to the decision to invade Iraq, and his post prime ministerial role, making lots of money as a speaker and, more unfathomably, as a peace envoy to the Middle East (which he invaded.)
Galloway has raised a high profile for himself as a firebrand politician who firmly sticks by his beliefs. He has had a monumental axe to grind with Tony Blair that has lasted over the years, so much so that we now have to try and swallow him as a filmmaker. Clearly a project of passion from Galloway, this aims to sully Blairs already tarnished reputation even further, and as such it's unsurprisingly somewhat one sided. Well, maybe not. To be fair, in what must be his first foray into the movie business, Galloway has demonstrated an impartiality a leftist activist like Michael Moore hasn't managed in years of work by mentioning what was achieved by Blair's Labour government, in the shape of the minimum wage, investment in hospitals etc., before swiftly tearing him back down again.
Blair has generated a wind of hostility from both left and right, something it's hard to say about any other political figure of recent times, and almost all of this stems from the decision to invade Iraq, for which Galloway saves his most savage criticism, toppling a tyrannical but steady government, and destabilising a region and creating a vacuum from which the terror group ISIS, who are our biggest threat at home and abroad today, emerged. In his analysis of Blair as a person, Galloway presents a picture of a calculating, determined individual who brought the Labour party back from the dead, but as a reprogrammed vessel, operating in a nearly indistinguishable manner from their Tory predecessors, where money made everything roll and the aspiration was individual, rather than collective, advancement.
It has an agenda and is a little one sided, but Galloway has still crafted an engaging, absorbing film that keeps you wrapped up, and finishes with a haunting, soul scathing song over the end credits. ****
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