The Trial of Tony Blair is a satirical drama, based around the notion that the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair is to face charges of war crimes by an international tribunal, following his departure from 10 Downing Street. Directed by Simon Cellan-Jones, it was first aired on More4 on 15 January 2007 and repeated on 5 March 2007 and during Blair's last week as Prime Minister on 23 June 2007.
An unspecified (but referred to as "short") time before the 2010 General Election, Tony Blair goes on British television and gives a Political broadcast, in which he announces his resignation from his position as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Labour Party, of which Blair is leader, is trailing the Conservative Party, led by David Cameron in the polls. However, within hours of Tony Blair's departure, the Conservative lead shrinks dramatically. When Gordon Brown is elected Labour Party leader, the Labour Party support in the country swells dramatically. Fearing that his "legacy" and his "place in history" are under severe threat, Tony Blair attempts to sabotage the Labour Party efforts to win the General Election, leaking an inflammatory e-mail sent from Brown to Blair in 2006, wherein Brown admits that tax hikes are "inevitable". Blair's plan works, in that Labour win the election with a majority of just two Members of Parliament, smaller than Blair's majority.
Meanwhile, Tony Blair is having problems of his own. He is obsessed with his legacy, but none of the celebrities who fawned over him as Prime Minister will now pay any attention to him. In addition, the American White House ignores him as well, following George Bush's replacement by Democrat Hillary Clinton. Also, he and his wife are having financial problems. Finally, Blair is haunted by disturbing visions of Iraq, especially of dead Iraqi civilians, following British and American action in the 2003 Iraq War, which is still ongoing, and in which British soldiers are still dying regularly (and at a seemingly higher rate). His troubled conscience makes him try to convert to Catholicism, though in repeated visits to church he finds himself unable to confess to any sins. Blair is portrayed as being partly in denial that a world which once hailed him as a great leader has largely turned against him.
To compound his problems, the International Criminal Court is looking to bring war crimes charges against the UK and US leaders in relation to the Iraq War. Now that Tony Blair is no longer Prime Minister, he no longer has diplomatic immunity from prosecution. The United Nations Security Council votes on the decision to bring Tony Blair to court. Ordinarily, this would not have been an issue as the UK, a permanent member of the UNSC, would have been able to veto the resolution. Unfortunately for Blair, under orders from Gordon Brown's assistant, the British UNSC representative is "in the toilet" when the resolution is voted on. The resolution passes, with all other UNSC members (including the United States, under Hillary Clinton, following the "peace path") voting in favour.
Under the stress of events, Blair suffers a recurrence of heart problems, but everybody (including Gordon Brown who visits him in hospital) believes this is play-acting. The programme ends with Tony Blair being flown to his trial in The Hague.
Several historical events have taken place before the programme begins. These include the following:
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