16th July 2010
Blair to Mandelson: “I specifically have said to all who have asked that I’m NOT angry!”
[Correction, Mr Waugh. Unless Mandy is exaggerating – and would he ever? – Tony added two exclamation marks. Personally I doubt he used any, but that’s a moot point.]
This text message from Blair to Mandelson seems to lay the lie to his being miffed over Mandy’s book, as The Times insists he is.
THREE TIMES A MANDY
Peter Mandelson was on TV twice today, perhaps more by now. I didn’t see either interview. He was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’, for a full 15 mins 38 secs.
For me his radio interview is by far the most interesting. It seems to be a cry to the party and leadership candidates to ensure that the present Labour party takes the right – sorry correct route in the future.
He defended his decision to publish his memoirs so close to the election, saying that bringing them out at a later date would have risked him “not giving my views and analysis at a time when its most relevant to the [Labour] party as it sorts out its leadership and its future.”
THE BLAIR HUNTER, Paul Waugh at the London Evening Standard has this on the ITV show:
Peter Mandelson’s appearance on ITV’s This Morning turned out to be something of a classic.
He proceeded to say that he served Brown loyally but ultimately “couldn’t work miracles”. He added that while Brown was impressive on the big picture, he was hindered by his poor “relationships” with people.
But best of all was Mandelson trying to get across that his book had not at all produced a backlash from his colleagues.
The Times (for those of you who haven’t been behind the paywall) today did a big Page 3 story that Blair was “livid” about the Mandelson book.
To ram home his point, the peer used the This Morning interview to get his Blackberry out and transcribe a message from Blair. It read:
“I specifically have said to all who have asked that I’m NOT angry!”
It is true that when I rang Blair’s office early today to check the Times claim, they said he was definitely NOT livid.
It’s actually quite hysterical reading some of these Blair haters. Presumably they’d rather Mr Blair HAD handed over to Mr Brown years ago. Brown being someone they disrespect with an often greater ferocity than that piled on Blair.
Our press have had their come-uppance coming up for some time. Oh, what a tangled web we weave…
Peter Mandelson defends his book about New Labour (15 July 10) 8:14 BBC ‘Breakfast’
He insisted “yes, I have told the truth in this” on his “bad, mad and dangerous” quote from Blair on Brown. When asked why he and others had supported Brown as PM when many of them thought he was “unhinged” Mandy said “all will be revealed” in the book. He insisted that he was the only one who called for an election for the leader as he thought a coronation would be unhealthy for all. Not sure if his memory serves him well in that. I am SURE there were others. Charles Clarke, for instance?
Douglas Alexander gives a nod to Blair (and Brown) on Aid to Africa. And Tony Blair is still helping Africa. See The Sun on this.
It’s about time ONE of his former colleagues noticed. A disgraceful omission, and sadly typical of their present useless organisation, lacking in any sense of long-term vision or values, or the political projection of either.
Quote from Alexander article: ‘Five years ago the context couldn’t have been more different. Millions around the world wore white bands. Hundreds of thousands filled stadiums and fields to attend Live 8 concerts. Quarter of a million people thronged the streets of Edinburgh on the Make Poverty History march.
Significant strides forward in the fight against global poverty have been made since then – in part because of the leadership shown at that historic Gleneagles G8 summit by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Millions more children are in school, millions more are receiving life-saving treatment for HIV/Aids.’
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Pre-order Tony Blair’s ‘A Journey’. Due for release on 2nd September, 2010
Peter Mandelson’s ‘The Third Man’ AVAILABLE NOW
Alastair Campbell Diaries, Vol 1 – ‘Prelude to Power’ (if it’s not “out of print”)
- Marc Lockley at the Guardian tells you where to get Mandy’s book at the best prices
- Intelligent discussion here from Jerry Hayes, at Think Politics
- Labour leadership candidate, Ed Miliband on being loyal to Blair despite his not standing down some years ago. Loyalty? Yeah, right, Ed. We remember. The GMB, one of the country’s largest TRADES UNIONS has now backed Ed. Who will UNITE & UNISON back. I wonder.
- See BBC page on the candidates.
- The New Statesman on 5 leadership candidates – The “No Vision” thing. Well? Surprised?
- Mandelson defends his memoirs
- Hysterical. Brown thought he could beat TB for EU Presidency. Yeah, right.
- Neil Kinnock says Mandy is a caricature. Isn’t everyone in politics?
- In-depth links at Sky on Tony Blair
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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!!!”