Posted by: Witch Doctor | March 6, 2011

Tony 1 and Tony 2

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There are two of them.

Tony Blair and Anthony Giddens.

If you google “The Third Way” you will come across two names already mentioned in this blog. One of them should be well known to doctors since he is currently the Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council.

His description of The Third Way is here:

NIALL DICKSON ON THE THIRD WAY

The other notable name is Anthony Giddens. He has written a book about “The Third Way – the Renewal of Social Democracy.” A new edition is to be published soon.

Tony Blair’s “Third Way” may well not have materialised without the other Tony. You see, Anthony Giddens has been hailed as “Tony Blair’s favourite intellectual” or “Tony Blair’s guru.”

My Black Cat immediately spotted an intertwinglement in the preface of this book which we have both read. It appears that during the gestation of this publication, Anthony Giddens had several informal meetings with Goeff Mulgan and Ian Hargreaves. Intitally they were going to be co-authors but this didn’t materialise however Gibbens acknowledges that he has drawn much information from them.

Goeff Mulgan was of course a co-founder of Demos along with Julia Middleton, founder of Common Purpose, and Martin Jacques, editor of “Marxism Today” from 1977 to 1991. These, of course, were the Strong Intertwinglements that excited my Black Cat so much that she tangled herself into knots.

She was also excited to learn that the social entreprenuer Adele Blakebrough is a Common Purpose Graduate and has featured also in a Demos publication. She is the wife of Ian Hargreaves who also has strong associations with Demos.

So, Anthony Giddons, the other Tony, intertwingles not only with two of  “The Triplets” i.e Demos and Common Purpose, and in addition seems to have had considerable influence on the policies of Tony Blair. He is also strongly intertwingled with the London School of Economics. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the LSE.

He too has been in the news over the past few days regarding links with Gaddafi, demonstrating once more that those considered to have great brains are just as susceptible to Creep as the more pedestrian brains of the majority of The Humankind.

ANTHONY GIDDENS ON GADDAFI : LOOKS LIKE THE PROF IS GOING TO HAVE TO EAT SOME PRETTY EMBARRASSING WORDS

“As Michael Burleigh pointed out on Saturday, among the man people who don’t come out of this looking good are Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson, Charles Powell, the Duke of York, and the musicians Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Usher. But perhaps the biggest casualty is Lord Giddens, formerly Professor Anthony Giddens of the London School of Economics, director of the university when Gaddafi’s son Saif was a student (an extremely generous student, as it turned out).

What makes his association more damaging is that while other figures who turn up in the Gaddafi story appear to be motivated by political or business interests, Giddens seems to have been a genuine fan of the Mad Dog of Tripoli who, he once said, “cuts an impressive figure”.”

“But Giddens is not from the fringes. He is the godfather of New Labour and “the third way”, and in the words of a former New Statesman editor, “has made the most significant contribution yet to laying the intellectual foundations of a modernised centre-left position”.

How can someone be so utterly wrong about Libya and still be right on Britain? Perhaps someone on the “modernised centre-left” can tell us.”

There is now The Third Sector, and The Third Way. My Black Cat is sure  they are both closely intertwingled into The Big Society. There is also The Third Culture. You can read about what Anthony Giddens is saying on The Third Culture website. You can listen too him too.

THE SECOND GLOBALIZATION DEBATE
 : A Talk With Anthony Giddens

It is worthwhile doing this, because Anthony Giddens and other intellectuals like him have considerable influence on politicians of all persuasions. Indeed My Black Cat is of the opinion that the elected politicians of today live in the cerebral shadows of these intellectual giants and cling to their every profound word rather than think for themselves.

What a really, really stupid cat!

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