Revealed: Queens dismay at Blair legacy

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Revealed: Queen's dismay at Blair legacy
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The Queen has been left "exasperated and frustrated" at the legacy of Tony Blair's 10 years in power, friends have disclosed.

She has been "deeply concerned" by many of New Labour's policies, in particular what she sees as the Prime Minister's lack of understanding of countryside issues, her closest confidants reported.

Royal sources said that the Queen also believes privately that Mr Blair and his Government have meddled unnecessarily in Britain's heritage, including the reform of the House of Lords.

Her other worries are said to relate to concerns from military leaders that the Armed Forces have become "overstretched" by foreign commitments, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. She suspects that Mr Blair has spent too much time cosying up to America - at the expense of dealing with her beloved Commonwealth.

The Queen, 81, who has ruled for 55 years and worked with 10 prime ministers, is the head of state, head of the Commonwealth and head of the Armed Forces.

Friends of the monarch suspect that Mr Blair may not follow the gesture made by some of his predecessors, notably Winston Churchill and Harold Wilson, and host a dinner in the Queen's honour when relinquishing the office of prime minister.

There is, as yet, no date for such an event and both Mr Blair and the Queen have busy diaries in the run-up to his stepping down on June 27.

Sources close to the Queen said that many of her deepest concerns, particularly those over the countryside, have been repeatedly raised with Mr Blair at their weekly audiences at Buckingham Palace.
I'd love to know what HRH The Duke of Edinburgh thinks of Mr.Blair! :D
 
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HM can dissolve parliament at any time. Bit of a nuclear option but things are pretty desperate.
 
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I swore an oath of allegiance to H.M not Bliar and Liarbour or indeed any of the house of commons, so come on Ma'am we'll support you :worship:
 
#5
All well and good, but out of all the things the w@nker has screwed up, HM (more likely the author of the piece) chooses to focus on fox hunting and hare coursing? In mean really, that's the most aggregious sin commited in the past 10 years?

As for "the countryside", I really don't know where the people who purport to speak for "the countryside" are coming from. I grew up in a village of 300 people and in the past 10 years I can count on one hand the number of people I know who have spoken up in support of foxhunting and only a few more actually seem to care the other way.

As for Labour focusing on urban areas, a) that's where 4 out of evey 5 people live and b) most farmers are naturally Tories-so is it any great surprise that they get treated in much the same way Thatcher treated the miners? (And don't give my any "salt of the Earth/backbone of the country" sentimental crap. Most of the farmers I've met in the past 30-odd yrs have been utter cnuts.)
 
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OldRedCap said:
CT
a few more actually seem to care the other way.


Most of the farmers I've met in the past 30-odd yrs have been utter cnuts.
Maybe your second point explains your opening statement?
Not sure I get what you're driving at.
 
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Well the people you despise crab are people that put a lot into the country and help keep it running , they do a hell of a lot more than white lightning guzzling, labour voting, single mothers who havn't worked a day in their life.

I have moved from an inner city area to the countryside, I was expecting to meet people like from the shop from Royston Vasey (league of gentleman) ,but every day people stop me on the street to say hello, I have been invited round for dinner with people I've barely met, and I was lucky enough to visit the village before I moved on rememberance day, everyone wore a poppy and the church was rammers. I don't know a single unemployed person in the village nor have I heard of a single crime being commited out of a population of 2000 nor have I heard of any crime happening in the nearest town which has a population of 10,000.

the utter cnuts! I know there are all devil worshipping on the sly though.
 
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mark1234 said:
Well the people you despise crab are people that put a lot into the country and help keep it running , they do a hell of a lot more than white lightning guzzling, labour voting, single mothers who havn't worked a day in their life.

I have moved from an inner city area to the countryside, I was expecting to meet people like from the shop from Royston Vasey (league of gentleman) ,but every day people stop me on the street to say hello, I have been invited round for dinner with people I've barely met, and I was lucky enough to visit the village before I moved on rememberance day, everyone wore a poppy and the church was rammers. I don't know a single unemployed person in the village nor have I heard of a single crime being commited out of a population of 2000 nor have I heard of any crime happening in the nearest town which has a population of 10,000.

the utter cnuts! I know there are all devil worshipping on the sly though.
Mark, that wasn't my point. It wasn't a dig at people in rural areas in general. It was a dig at a miniscule percentage of the rural population. As it is, agriculture accounts for about 5% of rural employment. Manufacturing, by contrast, accounts for 25%. You seem to think that agriculture is the lynchpin of the rural economy. It isn't. The simple fact of the matter is that agriculture is diminishing in terms of its national importance and with the aging of the workforce it is, quite literally, a dying industry. I think less than 4% of those employed on farms are under the age of 35.

The Countryside Alliance et al are just a small, but very vocal, lobbying group who represent a miniscule fraction of the rural population who don't give a rats ass about anyone but themselves. You don't see the likes of people who'd support the Countryside Alliance supporting £2bn of taxpayer-funded subsidies to any other industry that only makes up around 0.8% of the UK's national income. When I hear of them popping up at anti-globalisation rallies, then I'll start taking them seriously as a group that have actually thought about why agriculture is declining in the UK and why the rural economy and society is being transformed.
 
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She has been "deeply concerned" by many of New Labour's policies, in particular what she sees as the Prime Minister's lack of understanding of countryside issues, her closest confidants reported.
Praps she means 'countryside issues in Iraq'.
 
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I feel so sorry for HM The Queen having to meet and be pleasant to this wretched slimy oik. Even more so, I pity the Queen that she occasionally has to greet the ugliest and most unpopular female in Great Britain.
 
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lsquared said:
I feel so sorry for HM The Queen having to meet and be pleasant to this wretched slimy oik. Even more so, I pity the Queen that she occasionally has to greet the ugliest and most unpopular female in Great Britain.
Jade Goody?
 
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She knows which way her bread is buttered. In 20 years time, we will look bac on this time as a massively failed social experiment. Like we do on the 60's/70's now.
 
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celticwarrior3551 said:
I swore an oath of allegiance to H.M not Bliar and Liarbour or indeed any of the house of commons, so come on Ma'am we'll support you :worship:
A sentiment that no doubt will be repeated throughout ARRSE and amongst whats left of the decent folk in this once proud country of ours.
 
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crabtastic said:
mark1234 said:
Well the people you despise crab are people that put a lot into the country and help keep it running , they do a hell of a lot more than white lightning guzzling, labour voting, single mothers who havn't worked a day in their life.

I have moved from an inner city area to the countryside, I was expecting to meet people like from the shop from Royston Vasey (league of gentleman) ,but every day people stop me on the street to say hello, I have been invited round for dinner with people I've barely met, and I was lucky enough to visit the village before I moved on rememberance day, everyone wore a poppy and the church was rammers. I don't know a single unemployed person in the village nor have I heard of a single crime being commited out of a population of 2000 nor have I heard of any crime happening in the nearest town which has a population of 10,000.

the utter cnuts! I know there are all devil worshipping on the sly though.
Mark, that wasn't my point. It wasn't a dig at people in rural areas in general. It was a dig at a miniscule percentage of the rural population. As it is, agriculture accounts for about 5% of rural employment. Manufacturing, by contrast, accounts for 25%. You seem to think that agriculture is the lynchpin of the rural economy. It isn't. The simple fact of the matter is that agriculture is diminishing in terms of its national importance and with the aging of the workforce it is, quite literally, a dying industry. I think less than 4% of those employed on farms are under the age of 35.

The Countryside Alliance et al are just a small, but very vocal, lobbying group who represent a miniscule fraction of the rural population who don't give a rats ass about anyone but themselves. You don't see the likes of people who'd support the Countryside Alliance supporting £2bn of taxpayer-funded subsidies to any other industry that only makes up around 0.8% of the UK's national income. When I hear of them popping up at anti-globalisation rallies, then I'll start taking them seriously as a group that have actually thought about why agriculture is declining in the UK and why the rural economy and society is being transformed.
Fair enough crab, seems I got the wrong idea.
 
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rebel_with_a_cause said:
celticwarrior3551 said:
I swore an oath of allegiance to H.M not Bliar and Liarbour or indeed any of the house of commons, so come on Ma'am we'll support you :worship:
A sentiment that no doubt will be repeated throughout ARRSE and amongst whats left of the decent folk in this once proud country of ours.
God save the Queen!

BTW Crabtastic, I'm a member of the Countryside Alliance :wink:
 
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So its not just us that thinks Bliar has ruined everything & made a complete dogs nads of it all :thumbdown: don't think big Hen Broon will be much better though :pissedoff:
 
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jonwilly said:
Interesting to see that HM shares the same basic feelings that HER forces and former members of HER Forces have.
john
That's a bit of a generalisation! I'm a former member of HER forces. Don't tar us all with the same brush John.

I don't believe the Queen has much concept at all of what's going on in vast tracts of the realm. That's not to say she aint well-versed in all things horsey, pink gin swilling, countryside dalliance, tearing foxes apart, blasting grice out of the sky, 0.02% bit of a retrogressive sideshow.
 

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