When war criminal Tony Blair met Harry Patch, WW1’s longest surviving soldier


When Tony Blair posed for a photo opportunity with Harry Patch, Britain’s longest surviving WW1 soldier, he got more than he bargained for.

On 6 June 2006, Tony Blair posed with Harry Patch, no doubt seeing a flattering photo opportunity with the longest surviving soldier from World War 1. “War is organised murder,” Harry told Blair, who only three years earlier had taken Britain into the illegal Iraq war. Blair scuttled away. Harry Patch was Britain’s longest surviving soldier from the first world war trenches. He died in 2009, aged 111. This video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox is a tribute to the anti-war hero Harry Patch.

Words: Heathcote Williams
Video and narration: Alan Cox
For more films by Heathcote Williams & Alan Cox see Babylonroyal…



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