Friday, July 06, 2007

Blair vs. A Dense Reporter

The incomparable Tony Blair. He will be missed:

Interviewer: "Isn't success in this long struggle about our commitment to Enlightenment institutions, Enlightenment rule of law?"
Tony Blair: "Sure. Yeah."
Interviewer: "And don't we compromise that?"

Tony Blair: "Well, but that's why you've got to have balance. But I mean, you know, the idea that as a Muslim in this country, you don't have the freedom to express your religion, or express your views - I mean, you've got far more freedom in this country than you do in most Muslim countries. I mean, there is something completely ridiculous about this."

But Blair is wrong on one point - Muslims in Britain do not have more freedom than in most Muslim countries, but all Muslim countries.

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