Controversially, Boris Johnson has repeated his view that Tony Blair needs professional psychiatric help. Shocking though this may be, it is in line with the view of many respected psychologists. A late night programme on Channel 4 recently on What Makes a Psychopath, listed the likely occupations of psychopaths. Successful businessmen, surgeons and politicians were the top three on the list.Psychopathy is a psychological condition based on well-established diagnostic criteria. These include:
- lack of remorse and empathy
- a sense of grandiosity
- superficial charm
- conning and manipulative behavior
- refusal to take responsibility for one’s actions,
Psychopaths are not all the same; particular aspects may predominate in different people. And, although some psychopaths are violent men (and women) with long criminal histories, not all are. It’s important to understand that psychopathic behavior and affect exist on a continuum; there are those who fall into the grey area between “normal” people and true psychopaths.
Presumably, no one would dispute the notion that Hitler and Stalin were psychopaths at the extreme end of the spectrum: completely unconstrained by empathy or guilt and willing to say or do anything to accomplish their goals. This, though, reinforces the perception of psychopaths as out-of-control madmen who are evil to the core. Might there be other, more mainstream political leaders who have psychopathic traits but fall closer to the “normal” range?
In 2003, neuropsychologist Paul Brok argued that Prime Minister Tony Blair was a “plausible psychopath” who was ruthlessly ambitious, egocentric, and manipulative.
We may wish to believe that all people are good at at heart. According to Polish psychiatrist Andrew M Lobaczewski, this is not true.
After the horrors of the Iraq War, when tens of mllions of men, women and children died, and weapons of mass destruction were proved not to exist, surely Tony Blair would be so traumatised and guilt ridden by the havoc his policies had wreaked, he would never endorse such action again? But Blair is now advocating boots on the ground action against ISIS!
Told that people would think he is the last person they should listen to, given the experiences following the Iraq invasion in 2003, Mr Blair replied on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “What I say is maybe having been through all of this, having faced these decisions in government and having faced the difficult choices in Iraq after 2003, and when the very type of terrorism that we’re facing today we faced then, maybe it’s worth appreciating the fact that there are lessons I have learnt from the experience of having gone through the process of taking these decisions, of having to deal with the situation in Iraq where, as I say, precisely the same type of terrorist forces we were facing in Iraq in 2006-07 is exactly what we face now in 2014.”
Mr. Blair seems only intent on redeeming his shattered reputation. He ignores the truth, that it was the policy of George Bush in pursuing oil, which he endorsed and dishonestly forced onto our Parliament that made this country a terror target and caused the Arab Spring and the creation of murderous fanatical organisations such as ISIS. Mr. Blair doesn’t seem to understand that his actions have made him so reviled, he is banned from ever playing an influential role in British politics again.
Tony Blair has yet to be clinically diagnosed. However, his actions now, after the terrible havoc he created, indicate that as ever, Boris Johnson is bang on the nail.
Update: 18th February 2017. Yesterday, Tony Blair made a speech attempting to overturn the decision of the EU Referendum. His desire for power is still unassuaged.