Sunday, 20 May 2007

Mr Blair Regrets

As he approaches the time when he will step down from office, it's surely fitting that Tony Blair is taking time out to reflect on any regrets he might have about his decade as Prime Minister.

Thanks to the BBC, we now know that what keeps Mr Blair awake at night is not the thought of a costly and pointless war waged in Iraq at the behest of his transatlantic puppet master, nor even the countless re-disorganisations of the NHS which he has sponsored.

No - Tony Blair's big regret is (apparently) that he's not done enough to promote the great British cuppa. In fact, he claims that if he was running for office again, he would make the defence of tea a major part of his platform.

I wonder that he hasn't read the warnings about tea that have been posted by the influential Loyola University Health System? I'd certainly think twice about promoting it given the possible health implications outlined there.

His professed love of the brown stuff puts him alongside some strange bedfellows. Tony Benn is one self-professed tea drinker, who once claimed to have drunk enough to float the QE2. And George Orwell also had a thing or two to say on the subject.

Anyway, by way of tribute to our 'great' leader as he prepares to depart from office, here are the lyrics to what might have been his campaign anthem, were he standing for another term:

I like a nice cup of tea in the morning
For to start the day you see
And at half-past eleven
Well my idea of Heaven
is a nice cup of tea
I like a nice cup of tea with my dinner
And a nice cup of tea with my tea
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea.

Personally, I'm off to get myself a coffee.


nursemyra said...

nursemyra sullies her body with neither tea nor coffee

but you can dunk me in chocolate

Daddy Papersurfer said...

Mr Blunt - if you can be bothered, my observations on tea and Tony Blur appeared on the 19th March found via the older posts portal. If you find your way there you might be able to do a clever clicky thing - I fear it is beyond me.
I apologise for the intrusion.

Enumerator said...

Of course this is your opinion, young Bill, but IMHO I think Mr Blair is speaking for Britain in highlighting the decline of the cup of tea.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bill

I've e-mailed you some vital info and no response.

Your favourite spammer!

Lord Likely said...

I like tea, provided it is mixed with plenty of whisky.

Thomas Hamburger Jnr said...

nursemyra - the vision of such a beautiful woman enrobed in the darkest chocolate will now haunt me whenever I reach for a half-coated digestive

dp - well, I was bothered, and I did delve into your portal, as suggested. We are of like mind, I think.

enumerator - at last, some controversy! I like a man who is humble when they offer an opinion that differs.

anonymous - I shall look out for the vital info and respond as appropriate.

Lord Likely - I think your words would have found an echo with a different party leader of the past (which legal reasons forbid me to mention, although he is a minor Kennedy).

Andrew Goulding Articles said...

Iraq be damned!

I'm sure what the British public really want to know is whether TB is a teabag man or a teapot man?

Saddam certainly ended as a jiggler (Did I actually write that? Whoops).

nursemyra said...

a minor kennedy.... ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

I can vouch for the health giving properties of tea. I still have all of my hair, all of my teeth and I walk over two miles every morning - to school and back.