Tony Blair must sit back and weather the storm as the memoirs of his former colleague, Peter Hain, continue to shine a light on the ongoings of Blair's Britain.

The Express and the Daily Mail both run with stories today which are to the larger part based on Peter Hain's memoirs with the Express focusing on Blair's alleged plot to push Britain into the Euro and the Daily Mail reporting on a secret deal to hand over Gibraltar to Spain.

According to Hain's memoirs, in 2002 and 2003 Tony Blair sought to covertly find a way for the UK to join the Euro behind the back of then Chancellor and future Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, which by default suggests that Brown would have been opposed to such a move.

Apparently Blair wanted a referendum on joining the Euro and had been working on a 'Yes for Europe/Yes for the Euro' campaign and that does sound like Blair was prepared to observe the democratic process doesn't it?

Tony Blair by Gary Barker (

Tony Blair by Gary Barker (

Well  it does appear that such a campaign would have been vigorous and opinion at the time would have favoured a 'yes' vote from the public based on the false economic boom that is inextricably linked with the Blair years in power.

We actually have Gordon Brown to thank for destroying Blair's ambitions at the time seeing as the then Chancellor's opposition was due to Britain not being able to economically merge successfully with Europe at the time.

If it were not for Brown's reluctance to join Europe we would most certainly be in deep trouble today.

Then there is the question of Gibraltar.

Just in case you don't know here is a little background. Gibraltar is a British territory with a population of around 30,000 located at one of the most southerly points of Spain and has been/is of vital strategic importance to the Royal Navy, which is why the UK has held onto it since 1704.

The people of Gibraltar have voted in two separate referendums in 1967 and 2002 rejecting Spanish sovereignty; so if Hain's memoirs are to be believed, Tony Blair was prepared to act against the wishes of the people of Gibraltar in order to win the favour of the Spanish government for posturing in EU negotiations with France and Germany.

Apparently Tony Blair denies such allegations over Gibraltar.

One must wonder what future memoirs of former colleagues of his will say once they retire from public service.

Perhaps Hain's memoirs are just a taster of what Blair has to come. We are of course talking about the same Tony Blair who some might argue is responsible (if one accepts the civilian collateral damage by British forces as being the result of Blair's decision to go to war on the basis of a 'dodgy dossier') for the deaths of more innocent people than the combined efforts of serial killers Ian Brady, Fred West and Harold Shipman.

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