I will not quit as judge - Cherie

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Cherie Blair has insisted she will not resign as a judge after a senior barrister said publishing her memoirs had brought the law into disrepute.

Gerald Butler QC said her actions were "not appropriate" and "she should not continue to sit as a recorder".

But Mrs Blair, wife of former PM Tony Blair, told BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour she "certainly" would not go, as the law was "really important to my life".

She also faces criticism for writing about the death of Dr David Kelly.

Mrs Blair has reportedly received a £1m advance for the publication of her memoirs, which include details of her family life and opinions of leading political figures.

'A good read'

In them she describes Mr Brown, when chancellor, as "rattling the keys" over her husband in his desperation to take over power.

But Ms Blair told Woman's Hour: "I wanted my book to be a good read. As an advocate we use a good phrase to make a good point and it was a good phrase to make a good point...

"It is no secret that Gordon wanted to succeed Tony and that Tony wanted Gordon to succeed him. It's not an ignoble ambition to want to be prime minister."

She added that her relationship with Mr Brown had not been "as difficult" as some people thought, and that they had not had much time to socialise after Labour took power in 1997.

Mrs Blair said money had not been her main motivation in writing her life story, but the urge to "speak for myself" after years of press reports.

The publication of the memoirs, coming shortly after those of former deputy prime minister John Prescott, has led to claims Mrs Blair is cashing in and damaging Mr Brown's government at an already difficult time.

'Lack of decency'

Earlier, Mr Butler told the Evening Standard newspaper: "If she wants to tread this path of making outrageous comments it's up to her, but I don't think this is a job for a judge.

"It shows a complete lack of decency."

Mrs Blair said: "I'm sorry that he feels like that."

She added that the comments had been based on press "extracts" rather than reading the whole book.

Mrs Blair said: "The law is very much a really important part of my life. I enjoy the law and I intend to continue to practise."

Dr Kelly's brother-in-law, Derek Vawdrey, told the Daily Mail this week she should be "ashamed of herself" for writing about his suicide.

In the book, Mrs Blair describes her husband's distraught reaction to the news.

Asked about Mr Vaudrey's comments, she said: "I'm sorry he feels like that but it's very much a part of the story."

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Cherie Blair should not be residing as a judge, I have to agree with Gerald Butler QC. How can a judge be so vocal and even more opinionated when it comes to matters which should be kept private. Her outburst on Dr Kelly is in extreme bad taste to say the least, personally I think she should keep her mouth shut and not speak ill of the dead. Her arrogance in the matter when it is a pretty poor secret about the murder of Dr Kelly just shows what type of a women she is. Considering that her husband is responsible for Dr Kellys death just goes to show how

I read a quote from her the other day about how she is labour through and through and would not do anything to harm the party. This is contrary to her rants she has been having in the media about the current PM in her new book. How ridiculous is it that the former PMs wife and a supposedly respected judge can act so selfishly just to sell a few more copies of her book and have a stab at Gordon Brown at the same time whilst he needs everyones support in the current labour crisis.

It is obvious that Cherie wants to see Gordon Brown fail, the same man that is responsible for controlling the economy during TB's 10 years in charge.

As a Tory supporter I find this all rather amusing until you think that during the last 10 years we have have seen this country fall to pieces. The Blairs are one of the worst things to have happened to British politics in a long long time.
 

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"the law is really important to her" ?

Was she thinking that when she was doing dodgy house deals ? lol


Don't get me started on the Blairs !!


Labour sucks, always did and always will......
 

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the b liars are the most corrupt bunch of BS'ing selfish twits i have ever seen, it is all lining their own pockets

now u can see why this country is falling apart

they should just emigrate and sod off

to think the ex PM is getting 6 figure payouts for talking about himself and now his ugly sidekick is doing the same just belittle the current kretin of a PM
 

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tbh I dont see how she could have legitimately remained a judge as soon as tony got the job as head loony - surely it's a conflict of interests?

let alone now

btw for those who think labour is bad - the tories caused MASSIVE unemployment and forced the interest rate upto nearly 15% - leading to MASSIVE numbers of repossetions - and nearly sunk the NHS - how exactly do you think labour got in? coz no one could be worse than the tories - and so far they havent been - though I must admit that thats more down to incompitence than design
 

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tbh I dont see how she could have legitimately remained a judge as soon as tony got the job as head loony - surely it's a conflict of interests?

let alone now

btw for those who think labour is bad - the tories caused MASSIVE unemployment and forced the interest rate upto nearly 15% - leading to MASSIVE numbers of repossetions - and nearly sunk the NHS - how exactly do you think labour got in? coz no one could be worse than the tories - and so far they havent been - though I must admit that thats more down to incompitence than design

Labour is far worse than the Tories, read your history.
 

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Labour is far worse than the Tories, read your history.

Ok, done that.

......em,:err: Which history books were you reading FUBAR m8? Not Edward Heath's, Margaret Thatcher's and John Major's autobiographies by any chance? :confused:
 

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well, the tory government did acheive enormous improvements in economic reform - yes there was a degree of extreme unemployment after this, but it didnt affect the whole country.

The start of the Major government - which was mid way through the tory era - had one of the highest employment figures for the UK.

I think the saddest thing about the current government is that they behave like a tory government, there just doesnt appear to be much difference at all between them anymore, apart from the fact that the tory party wouldnt lie to go to war (they are center right, and would love the opportunity) and wouldnt care officially of the NHS went down the pan.

Totally off topic, I know.
 

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Ok, done that.

......em,:err: Which history books were you reading FUBAR m8? Not Edward Heath's, Margaret Thatcher's and John Major's autobiographies by any chance? :confused:


This country is in a worse state now than it has ever been, price of living is through the roof, pensions knackered, housing market fecked, overrun with "the great unwashed" and our government takin it up the butt from any old terrorist by selling Northern Ireland out.


Labour = Shite.
 

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sorry but have to disagree - housing market is in a wonderful state compared with the early 90's - no negative equity yet etc.
inflation is running at around 4% compared with 9% in the early 90's - the cost of living will always rise unless deflation occurs - whats important is the rate of the rise - inflation.
pensions - yes - well - got to give you that one - not that I think the tories would have done any different - problem is people just arent dying fast enough you see
"great unwashed" - unemployed? - considerably less of them than there were in the early 90's I'm afraid - we used to have entire estates and even towns with 80+% unemployment - it may be bad now but nowhere near that bad - u see it cant get that bad as no longer any nationalised industries to close down and throw entire towns out of work with no hope of finding another job
northern ireland - no idea on that one - thought in the 90's people were being blown up on a night out over there - thought that wasnt happening now? I may be a bit thick but I would have assumed most people would have thought the current sitution was an improvement?

of course my views may be slightly influenced by the fact that I spent most of the time that the tories were in power last time in the north east - things may have been different in other places - but they fucked us good and proper and tbh I am amazed anyone would even consider letting the current pack of tory muppets into power - anyone other than those under the age of 40 and with amnesia anyway
 

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........tbh I am amazed anyone would even consider letting the current pack of tory muppets into power - anyone other than those under the age of 40 and with amnesia anyway

The fact is that most people on this forum are too young to remember the bad old days. Everything you say about them is of course absolutely accurate, but tbh I'm beginning to wonder if it might not be a good idea to have a Conservative government for a while. It might teach a few lessons to the dreamers.
 

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it would definitely serve to reinvigourate the goverment - they are too complacent about their own system. A change would shake them up, the same way it did in 1997.
 

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sorry but have to disagree - housing market is in a wonderful state compared with the early 90's - no negative equity yet etc.
inflation is running at around 4% compared with 9% in the early 90's - the cost of living will always rise unless deflation occurs - whats important is the rate of the rise - inflation.
pensions - yes - well - got to give you that one - not that I think the tories would have done any different - problem is people just arent dying fast enough you see
"great unwashed" - unemployed? - considerably less of them than there were in the early 90's I'm afraid - we used to have entire estates and even towns with 80+% unemployment - it may be bad now but nowhere near that bad - u see it cant get that bad as no longer any nationalised industries to close down and throw entire towns out of work with no hope of finding another job
northern ireland - no idea on that one - thought in the 90's people were being blown up on a night out over there - thought that wasnt happening now? I may be a bit thick but I would have assumed most people would have thought the current sitution was an improvement?

of course my views may be slightly influenced by the fact that I spent most of the time that the tories were in power last time in the north east - things may have been different in other places - but they fucked us good and proper and tbh I am amazed anyone would even consider letting the current pack of tory muppets into power - anyone other than those under the age of 40 and with amnesia anyway

but this is subjective - one of the highest employment rates of the 1990's happend and was maintained by a tory government. They also brought the country out of recession. Yes they were blinkered, but they are doing no different to the labour government.

For instance, the tories upset many areas, such as all of scotland and the north east etc. But no labour are upsetting the much of the south. Its all swings and roundabouts, and is what makes democracy work.

The recent elections show that people just dont care for labour right now up and down england, this will make labour shit a brick and they will now throw all they can into shoring up the government. Things like cheaper fuel, easy ways into buying a house, improvements to policing and probably a referendum on devolvement for scotland (possibly the worst thing that could happen).
 

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I find it shameful that Cherie bLiar made millions of pounds out of fighting proposed legislation that her husband was thinking of introducing. Surely a quick chat over breakfast would have saved us millions of pounds. She really made a killing as a human rights lawyer acting against her husbands proposed laws.

One of the big cases for me was when she represented the girl in that school who was expelled for not removing her head scarf. While Tony was banging on about being British and how people need to adapt to our laws and customs she was fighting this in the courts with vigour and earning an absolute fortune while doing so. For anyone that may not have heard she LOST that case :) but still pocketed a kings ransom.
 

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I think it was better she did it in the courts properly rather than over breakfast. If that had been the case, it would hardly have been fair...
 

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btw for those who think labour is bad - the tories caused MASSIVE unemployment and forced the interest rate upto nearly 15% - leading to MASSIVE numbers of repossetions - and nearly sunk the NHS - how exactly do you think labour got in? coz no one could be worse than the tories - and so far they havent been - though I must admit that thats more down to incompitence than design


Well I remembered the James Callaghan government. In 1979 you couldn't bury the dead for 3months.
There was a general strike, and if wasn't for the IMF: this country would have gone bankrupt.
Exactly was is happening now- wasted most of the money and now the country heavily in debt.
It will takes years and years to sort out. I just hope Brown is there long enough to receive the full credit.
Over 1.5 million manufacturing jobs lost in the last 10years.
Remember we use to own British Steel:bought by someone in India,not so long ago.

And the Blairs are a waste of space, she should be force to go.
And remember Tony, about 10 months now as a peace envoy, what has he achieved, apart from picking up his money. I always remembering him saying in 1997," I don't want to live in a country were the old have to sell their assets to pay for their health care." So why hasn't the tosser not buggered off then.
 

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"great unwashed" - unemployed?


No chum I was refering to the "non nationals" our country is now flooded with.


I find it shameful that Cherie bLiar made millions of pounds out of fighting proposed legislation that her husband was thinking of introducing.


Fully agree with you chum, but sad thing is they don't give a toss what we think, they have the money.


Well I remembered the James Callaghan government. In 1979 you couldn't bury the dead for 3months.
There was a general strike, and if wasn't for the IMF: this country would have gone bankrupt.
Exactly was is happening now- wasted most of the money and now the country heavily in debt.
It will takes years and years to sort out. I just hope Brown is there long enough to receive the full credit.
Over 1.5 million manufacturing jobs lost in the last 10years.
Remember we use to own British Steel:bought by someone in India,not so long ago.

And the Blairs are a waste of space, she should be force to go.
And remember Tony, about 10 months now as a peace envoy, what has he achieved, apart from picking up his money. I always remembering him saying in 1997," I don't want to live in a country were the old have to sell their assets to pay for their health care." So why hasn't the tosser not buggered off then.



Someone who actually remembers the true history, well put Seeking :Clap:
 

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Well I remembered the James Callaghan government. In 1979 you couldn't bury the dead for 3months.
There was a general strike, and if wasn't for the IMF: this country would have gone bankrupt.
Exactly was is happening now- wasted most of the money and now the country heavily in debt.
It will takes years and years to sort out. I just hope Brown is there long enough to receive the full credit.
Over 1.5 million manufacturing jobs lost in the last 10years.
Remember we use to own British Steel:bought by someone in India,not so long ago.

And the Blairs are a waste of space, she should be force to go.
And remember Tony, about 10 months now as a peace envoy, what has he achieved, apart from picking up his money. I always remembering him saying in 1997," I don't want to live in a country were the old have to sell their assets to pay for their health care." So why hasn't the tosser not buggered off then.
this, of course, are the reasons the tories came to power at the time.
 

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I think it was better she did it in the courts properly rather than over breakfast. If that had been the case, it would hardly have been fair...

Are you saying that Cherie spent your money wisely when she took the head scarf case to the Court of Appeal was money well spent?
 

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no, not wisely.

but how would you have felt if she had abused her relationship with the then-PM to get things done?
 
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