Comment at end
14th July 2010
UPDATE: It gets worse – “Mandelson also sets out how Brown had targeted him. Before the 2001 election, after Mandelson was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Hinduja passport affair, Blair told him: “Gordon wants you buried.” He added of Brown: “I have no illusions any more. He could come for me – and he would do probably if he got the chance.”
Blair added later: “He’s thinking of only one thing. Only of removing me, but I am not going to be pushed out.” (Guardian)
Thanks to Julie for the h/t
Mandelson: “Blair thought Brown ‘Mad, bad, dangerous and beyond … redemption'”
From Miranda Richardson at Sky News comes a report of this, intemperate, private but still un-Blair-like language. (It’s from Mandelson, remember, aka The Dark Lord – a tag he is proud of.)
Tony Blair described Gordon Brown as “mad, bad, dangerous and beyond hope of redemption” as their relationship broke down over the Labour leadership, according to Peter Mandelson.
The former Business Secretary, whose memoirs are serialised in the Times, also reveals Mr Blair considered moving his rival to the Foreign Office but decided that the move may lead Mr Brown to resign and become a greater threat.
During their time at the top of British politics, Mr Blair described Mr Brown as “flawed, lacking perspective and having a paranoia about him”.
“He’s like something out of the mafiosi,” he said.
“He’s aggressive, brutal…there’s no one to match Gordon for someone who articulates high principles while practising the lowest skulduggery.”
Mr Blair also said John Prescott was scared of Mr Brown. “He know there’s something wrong with him.”
I just KNEW that Tony Blair was alluding, at least in part, to Brown’s coup against him in his final speech to Parliament:
“Some may belittle politics but we who are engaged in it know that it is where people stand tall. Although I know that it has many harsh contentions, it is still the arena that sets the heart beating a little faster. If it is, on occasions, the place of low skulduggery, it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble causes. I wish everyone, friend or foe, well. That is that. The end.”
Tony Blair Last official words as Prime Minister, said at Prime Minister’s Questions in House of Commons on 27 June 2007. [More Blair quotes here]
FANCY A GOOD READ?
You can pre-order (at half-price) – Tony Blair’s ‘A Journey’ here. Due for release on 2nd September, 2010
DELUGE OF ‘POWER’ BOOKS?
Peter Mandelson’s ‘The Third Man’ is due for release in a day or two.
Alastair Campbell’s Dairies – ‘Prelude to Power’ – is available here – Alastair Campbell Diaries, Vol 1
Sign the Ban Blair-Baiting petition here A recent comment from an Albanian, Mr Leonard Dedej from Tirana – “It takes big leaders to make the hardest turns in peoples life…mr Blair is a big leader and a great man for millions of people in Balkans!!!for stopping a savage war!about Iraq I believe that the press wherever it is has not the right to judge on this issue because it simply is to small to judge!!history will judge mr Blair!as long as it is an ongoing war no one can blame mr Blair,after all he started something for a big reason..the press its often wrong because it fights for audience!!!”
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