Fragments of speeches…

I’ve been reading Blair’s speech to Congress (page one / page two), and I think my first reaction is that it’s an interesting combination of jingoism, liberalism, pragmatism and self-love. The bits that are a bit craw-sticking are the fawning tones – even when they’re only preludes to more serious comments.

“Let me also express my gratitude to President Bush. Through the troubled times since 11 September changed our world, we have been allies and friends. Thank you, Mr President, for your leadership.”