But, right now Our Dear Leader ranks right at the top of my list of turds, my list of people I wouldn't piss on if they were on fire. That's right, endless people have commented on Blair's press conference, and I found this terrifying article from October, in which he announced to an awed press that he has decided that trials are altogether too much bother.
Mr Blair identified terrorism, brutal, violent, organised crime and antisocial behaviour as "new types of crime" that require new rules.
"You can't do it by the rules of the game we have at the moment, you just can't," he told a Downing Street press conference.
Really, Toni; why the fuck not, you fucking weeping sore on the unwiped arse of NuLabour? Because the poor bastards might be innocent, and that would be too inconvenient? What? WHAT?! Fuck you, you bag of pus!
Mr Blair's increasingly hardline stance on legal matters has drawn criticism from civil rights groups.
Frankly, I'm not fucking surprised: it's about to draw some fire from over here as well...
Yesterday appeared to put the Prime Minister at odds with Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, over the new Terrorism Bill which would give police sweeping new powers to detain suspects.
Great idea, Toni. Who needs evidence, eh? Give the police powers to bang people up for a couple of weeks because they've got a hunch that someone might have been naughty, and then punish them whether you have evidence or not, eh?
Going beyond that proposal, Mr Blair suggested that police could get more powers to impose fines on suspected offenders, or expel people accused of drug crimes from public rented housing. Only after the penalty had been imposed would the accused have the right to mount a legal appeal to prove their innocence.
Oh, well, that's just great. Throw people out onto the streets and then give them a trial. Or, even better, fine them, make sure that they can't pay and then throw them in jug. Then you hold the trial in... oh, I don't know... 5 years' time. FUCK YOU, you piece of shit!
"Now that is summary justice," Mr Blair told journalists in Downing Street. "It is tough and it is hard, but in my judgment it is the only way to deal with it, and that comes first."
What comes first, did you say? Your judgement comes first? Oh, I see, Blair sees himself as King Solomon: we'll have women cutting babies in half before Blair Throne of Justice before you can say "knife".
That's not summary justice, sonny; that's a police state, a dictatorship.
Hinting at a shift away from the presumption of innocence as the foundation of the legal code, Mr Blair said: "You have got to put the ability to protect the law-abiding citizen at the centre of it."
Really, Toni? They're only law-abiding till you decide that they aren't though, eh? How do you know that they are law-abiding? They could be breaking laws left, right and centre; but, then again, being Toni the omniscient God, you'd bloody well know, wouldn't you?
Mr Blair said he had lost patience with the traditional judicial process, because it made convictions too hard to secure.
Look, the courts aren't there to protect us from each other, they are there to protect us from people like you: our rulers, those who become corrupted by power. It is you that the courts defy.
While Mr Blair gave no details of his plans for organised crime, he admitted that "some people" will find them "difficult" because they will change long-established rules.
Like, I would imagine, the presumption of innocence.
Police Officer: "That's a very nice car you're driving there, sir. May I enquire as to how you afforded it?"
Law-abiding Punter: "Excuse me, Officer, but I don't think that that's any of your business."
Police Officer: "Right lads! You know the drill! This bastard's obviously an organised crime lord. Throw him in the cells, sell his house and his car, rape his wife and children and kill any family pets. You're not getting out of those cells for a very long time, sir."
Law-abiding Punter: "You'll hear from my lawyer! I'll see you in court!"
Police Officer: "Ha ha ha ha! Not for a good ten years, sir! Got my orders from the President, sorry, Prime Minister himself..."
Although, maybe people will just disappear in the middle of the night...
New rules for organised crime and anti-social behaviour will come in the next few months, but the government's immediate project is the Terrorism Bill published yesterday.
The bill's most contentious clause would allow police to detain suspects without charge for up to three months.
Mr Blair insisted there could be no compromise on that plan, which is based closely on a request to government from senior police officers.
Ha! Well, at least we scotched that one.
But, it appears that Toni was at it again on Sunday in—surprise sur-fucking-prise—The Observer.
However, it wasn't just a question of matching legal rights with legal responsibilities. It was about changing the legal processes by which such rights and responsibilities are determined. Traditional court processes and laws simply could not and did not protect people against the random violence and low-level disorder that affected their lives. Yes, you could, with Herculean application, remove the drug dealer living in the street. But the reality was, because of the Herculean effort required, it wasn't done. Now, by giving more so-called summary powers, it can be.
But this is not a debate between those who value liberty and those who do not. It is an argument about the types of liberties that need to be protected given the changing nature of the crimes that violate them. And it is an attempt to protect the most fundamental liberty of all - freedom from harm by others.
Including the government, Tony. Including not being slammed away or thrown out of your home without a trial, without evidence.
And, once more:
Criminals who blight local communities will be targeted by new powers aimed at seizing their cash, Tony Blair has announced.
Police officers can currently take cash or assets over the value of £5,000 if they believe it has been produced by crime, or is to be used in criminal activity.
But the Prime Minister wants that threshold lowered to £1,000 to tackle small-time criminals, as well as the "Mr Bigs".
With all due respect, and that's pretty little respect: fuck you, and the horse you rode in on: she's got a gob big enough for both of you anyway...
Gosh; I'm worn out: go and see Tim for the last word, that quote from A Man For All Seasons...