Tuesday, September 19, 2006

That Blair Budapest Speech in Full

Furrowed brow. Look down. Purse lips.

Since last summer we have been preserving our political unity and, behind it, our professional political unity as never before in recent years... There is not much choice. There is not, because we have screwed up. Not a little but a lot. No country in Europe has screwed up as much as we have. It can be explained. We have obviously lied throughout the past 18 to 24 monthsnine years. It was perfectly clear that what we were saying was not true...We did not actually do anything for four years. Nothing. You cannot mention any significant government measures that we can be proud of, apart from the fact that in the end we managed to get governance out of the shit. Nothing.

If we have to give an account to the country of what we have done in fournine years, what are we going to say? We can dither a little longer but not much. The moment of truth has arrived quickly. Guys, we are not perfect. Not at all. We will not be either. I cannot say to you that everything will be fine...
The team to which you have entrusted the leadership of this side is roughly capable... is able to define a programme. There may be another team that can do something else. We cannot, we cannot do anything more or better than this. We will not be capable of it.

Will we do something big? Are we going to say: goddammit, some people have come who dared to do it and did not get preoccupied with how they would deal with the travel expenses, fuck it. Instead, we lied morning, noon and night. I do not want to carry on with this. Either we do it and have the personnel for it, or others will do it. I will never give an interview at the end of which we part with each other in argument. Never. I will never hurt the HungarianBritish left. Never.

Ferenc Gyurcsany is 94.

[Are you sure you've got this right? - ed]


Yak40 said...

Spoof Blair version in Daily Mail.
Quite good !

Anonymous said...

Difficult choice for Bliar - should he continue his world tour in the hope of finding a legacy beyond the lies and spin (and staying out of the reach of Inpector Knacker)or should he stay at home and try and avoid a coup.