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Is Tony Blair a traitor?
I read just now that Tony Blair had been advising President Macron on how best to prevent the UK from leaving the EU. I don’t know the details, but if this is true, should Blair not be charged with treason?
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whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
If he is, then by that criteria, so is every anti Brexit politician. As someone who remembers haw hard the French made it for Britain to get into the Common market I would immediately be suspicious of any plan where the French wanted Britain to stay in.
MartinII · 61-69, M
[@621893,whowasthatmaskedman] Arguing against Brexit within the UK might be objectionable and anti-democratic, in view of the referendum result, but that’s all. It’s assisting a foreign power that makes Blair’s alleged actions arguably treasonable.

Of course, I agree with you about French motives - La France Perfide!
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
[@268418,MartinII] While on principle I see what you are driving at, Blair is doing nothing any other politician who has done a deal with the devil has done. Technically France and Britain are not enemies at this time. So there can be no treason unless secrets are involved.
MartinII · 61-69, M
[@621893,whowasthatmaskedman] Technically you are right. Whether the same is true in practice, given the conduct of Brexit negotiations, I’m not quite so sure!
whowasthatmaskedman · 61-69, M
[@268418,MartinII] I would be more concerned with the British who wanted a No Deal Deal. They stand to make more money and have a strong motivation to take short cuts to get what they want.
ArishMell · 61-69, M
[@621893,whowasthatmaskedman] It was never the "Common Market". That was Edward Heath's name for the European Economic Community (now the European Union of the Cities and Regions, to give its characteristically unwieldy but revealing full title).

It had always puzzled me why France in General Charles de Gaulle's time resisted Britain joining the EEC. I learnt only recently it was not pique. He realised the UK and the EEC were just not compatible, for various reasons.

On the other hand, Heath knew and supported the aim he denied but has never been a secret, of the Community / Union becoming eventually a single nation - hence the EU's full title. Well, he appeared to had some encouragement, being alleged to have collected a handsome personal cash "award" for signing the country's accession.

As for Tony Blair, his disdain for Britain, and especially England, was pretty clear when he was Prime Minister.

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There is one very odd aspect to de Gaulle's post-War premiership. In the closing stages of WW2, the RAF discovered and bombed what would have been the Nazi's V3 weapon, later found to be not missiles but a very-long-range gun battery, being built near Calais, aimed at London about 90 miles to the North. Canadian forces captured the site after D-Day. For reasons we will probably never know, Gen. de Gaulle did not want the battery destroyed....

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