4fooey

June 1, 2006

What is Blair for?

Filed under: Politics/News — 4fooey @ 4:53 pm

About a week ago Tony Blair made quite an interesting (and important) speech in the US, laying out his ideas in foreign policy and in particular arguing for radical reform of the UN. It’s typical of the UK media at the moment, but this was largely ignored: the media is looking for every excuse to kick the government, and indirectly tarnish Blair. This BBC news story lays out some of his suggestions for the UN: Blair urges United Nations reform.

Some of the sensible suggestions include: a central place for the creation of all nuclear fuels (this could be located in a number of countries to assure security and ease of access), a more powerful environmental organisation to oversee climate change issues, and reform or merger of the World bank and IMF. The article quotes Blair as saying there was a “hopeless mismatch” between global challenges and the global institutions set up after World War II.

I would argue that Blair has done a lot for the UK and has a lot of good ideas for the world. You could argue that invading Iraq was a step too far in foreign intervention, but hopefully time will tell and the situation will gradually improve in Iraq. I would predict that Tony Blair will not be UK PM for very long now, so it would be good to see him take up some other important role elsewhere, since he has a lot to offer the world.

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