More Snippets From Tony Blair Memoirs Hit News Agencies
September 1, 2010
(ChattahBox) – We reported yesterday that a small amount of info from the new Tony Blair memoir ‘A Journey’ had been released. But the Telegraph was able to get a copy of a foreign language version, and has released a number of translated quotes and details from the book, which has already reached #11 on Amazon’s best seller list.
On the topic of the war in Iraq, he says he is “desperately sorry” for those who lost their lives in the 2003 invasion and beyond, but that he maintains it was the right decision to commit British troops to George W. Bush’s plan.
“I feel desperately sorry for them, sorry for the lives cut short, sorry for the families whose bereavement is made worse by the controversy over why their loved ones died, sorry for the utterly unfair selection that the loss should be theirs.”
On the topic of Gordon Brown, he describes him as “brilliant and maddening”, a statement that could almost be seen as flattering, if not for the rest. According to Blair, Brown effectively blackmailed him back in 2006, when the cash-for-honors scandal hit, and that it was Brown’s actions that led to a full investigation that damaged the image of Labour.
He also said that the man was ill-suited to lead the country, and that his move away from New Labour politics is what lost the party the election and led to a joint Torie-Lib Dem government.
“The difficulty is when he was my number two, in sense, the chancellor to my prime minister, people maybe overestimated his capacity to be prime minister,” he wrote.
On the topic of Princess Diana and her death, he described her as a kind but stubborn woman, and a “manipulator” of people’s emotions, such as he. He also said that he worked to manage the public grief over her passing, and spoke to the Prince of Wales to convince the Queen to speak in public about the incident.
The former Prime Minister also spoke about his struggle with alcoholism, as he used liquor as a crush through the hard years, and increasingly as his time as PM winded down and he prepared to step down at the urging of a public that had become disenchanted with him and his party.
“As time goes on, it easily becomes a daily habit that our body needs to relax. To compensate for pressure. To stimulate. To make a boring evening bearable.”