Andrew Marr, BBC News at Ten, BBC1, April 9, 2003

Andrew Marr, BBC News at Ten, BBC1, April 9, 2003


Well for the view in Downing St.
on today’s events
let’s talk to our Political Editor
Andrew Marr
Andy, is it safe to assume that Mr. Blair,
like so many of the rest of us, was
glued to his television for parts of today?
It certainly is. He and his advisers have
been watching this
and you know all the usual caveats apply
there could be some ghastly scenes
in the future
there could be terrorist attacks
all sorts of things could go wrong.
But frankly Huw, the main mood
is unbridled relief.
I’ve been watching ministers
wander around with
smiles like split watermelons.
Well, Mr. Blair has had his share of
troubles and worries as you rightly say
over the past few weeks
we’ve talked about them many times –
to what extent has that changed now today?
Well I think this does one thing.
It draws a line under what had been
before this war
a period of…
well a faint air of pointlessness almost
was hanging over Downing Street.
There was all these slightly tawdry arguments
and scandals – that is now history.
Mr. Blair is well aware that all his critics
out there in the party and beyond
aren’t going to thank him because they’re only human
for being right when they’ve been wrong.
And he knows that there might be trouble ahead
as I’ve said.
But I think this is a very, very important
moment for him
it gives him a new freedom and a
new self-confidence.
He confronted many critics.
I don’t think anybody after this is going
to be able to say of Tony Blair
that he is somebody who is driven by
the drift of public opinion
or focus groups or opinion polls.
He took all of those on.
He said that they would be able to take Baghdad
without a bloodbath
and that in the end the Iraqis
would be celebrating.
And on both of those points he
has been proved conclusively right.
And it would be entirely ungracious
even for his critics
not to acknowledge
that tonight he stands as a larger man
and a stronger prime minister as a result.
Andrew – many thanks.

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43 thoughts on “Andrew Marr, BBC News at Ten, BBC1, April 9, 2003

  1. Not Andrew's finest hour. No one ever doubted the Iraqi regular forces would be quickly overwhelmed. The big questions were what had Saddam got to do with Al Qaeda (nothing), where were the weapons of mass destruction (there weren't any and Blair did know this) and what plans were in place for after the occupation (inadequate to say the least).

  2. @splattyfish How did Huw Edwards ever win a BAFTA? The BBC news is shallow, parochial and dull. When it snowed last year they devoted all of the news for five days to it. They don't have regular European news items and have you noticed that he and Fiona Bruce never work weekends. Marr has shown his little Englander colours in his frankly embarassing documentaries about UK culture & identity, frankly he's not very good at it. One day Tony Blair will be brought to justice.

  3. I wanted to add that every so often the BBC news has an item running down some EU country, the last one was about how the Germans are in economic trouble because a saw manufacturer in Berlin was having difficulties and a woman in the same city was having her heating benefit cut. They based their journalism on that. Next time it will be another country. The BBC is a propaganda machine perpetuating the myth that the UK is at the centre of things and of course better than its neighbours.

  4. This is clip demonstrates all that is wrong with British corporate journalism. Marr could not have provided a better propaganda boost to the Blair regime if it has been written by Alistair (Goebbles) Campbell himself.

  5. Amazing stuff by marr, he learnt nothing from the beating Chomsky in 1996 gave him and this is just about the most amazing confirmation of the secular priesthood that you can imagine, I mean when I heard John Simpson boast he never gave an interview to Serbian state TV during the NATO air war against Serbia because it was a prop tool of the Milosevic government, what other interpretation can you put on this, it ranks up with some of the most shattering pro government propaganda you could invent.

  6. This clip should be played every Sunday before the Andrew Marr show and every day before the 10 O'clock News to remind me to switch off the TV.

  7. Watching this hideous performance from Marr makes me feel pretty much indifferent to what he personally has suffered over the past year. Sorry, but it does. This is journalism? This is the work of the BBC's political editor? It is naked cheerleading for a war of aggression that has killed six and possibly seven figures' worth of human beings. Hell mend Blair and hell mend Marr and let this contemptible video clip be the latter's epitaph.

  8. Novara Media were right. That really is like something out of "Russia Today". Although RT is a bit less open in its grovelling…

  9. No bloodbath?? At least 500,000 Iraqis died during the conflict. Large parts of Baghdad were left without electricity and running water for months after the invasion, now they've got ISIS running everywhere, I'm sure they're over the moon.

  10. ALL the media may as well have got down on their knees and taken Bush and Blair in their mouths, the way they blindly acquiesced to this invasion. They are as complicit as it is possible to be

  11. People may like to watch this video and read the transcript which demonstrates just how subservient, craven and dishonest the BBC was when it was promoting Tony Blair and his wars of aggression. Andrew Marr should be selling rat poison, not commenting on politics.

    From May 2002 till January 2004 I was in Uganda. Our only source of world news was the BBC World Service, which dutifully promoted the war in Iraq with embedded reporters. It was the most awful, uncritical propaganda. I lost any remnant of respect for the BBC during this time. The murder of Dr David Kelly and the unsatisfactory treatment of this event only added to our grief.

  12. It's the first time I have seen this and I am absolutely disgusted. Andrew Marr should be made to watch this several times a day for ever

  13. It is worth remembering as well that all the journalists that spoke out against this war lost their jobs in one or another.
    After the Occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan the only journalists left are pro war.

  14. Outrageous that British people are forced to pay a licence fee so Andrew Marr can lick Tony Blair's warmongering balls live on TV when Marr would happily do it for free in the privacy of his own home.

  15. This was the beginning of the end of journalism, where journalists want to be/make the news instead of just report it.

  16. He might as well have said, Tony is a great guy, lick lick lick, fawn fawn fawn, I will protect you oh gracious leader of mine. Command me and it shall be done! I will protect thee and establishment…

  17. In 1996' Marr interviewed Noam Chomsky (the interview is on YouTube) on the Propaganda Model of the Media. Marr tired to argue Chomsky's claims and yet here he is thus proving them. The irony!

  18. I'm ashamed to say I once liked Marr. The man is a bootlicking cowardly sycophant who helped legitimise an illegal war that killed well over one million people. Utterly disgusting.

  19. I made something in 2012 called War is not heroic. On my channel if anyone wants to see it ? Just type in War is not heroic. Thanks

  20. Marr the contemptible sack of shite is still a British Bullshitting Corporation propagandist selling misinformation and asking all the wrong questions to this day in his own show. Who said crime doesn't pay.

  21. This has not aged well. The BBC plays its part in making these crimes possible and so has blood on it hands. Venezuela is next.

  22. While many journalists occasionally have a white dust under their noses Marr apparently had a brown coloured streak under his nose.

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