31st August 2010
Only 15 minutes to wait, kiddies. According to the dedicated website here – http://www.tonyblairjourney.co.uk/Exclusive_extracts_released – it shouldn’t be long before the press are at it hammer and tongs.
The papers and the broadcasters have already leaked a little. One, on Gordon Brown, and two on Mr Blair’s appearance in January at the Iraq Inquiry.
On Gordon Brown it is said by one of the leaking papers that Tony Blair has accused Mr Brown of “trying to blackmail me.”
Even without the present soul of the Labour party leadership campaign this, if true, is explosive stuff. Begging the obvious question: blackmailing him about what exactly?
On his Iraq Inquiry appearance, at which I was a witness to the witness (see here), it seems he has said that the reason he did not apologise for soldiers’ deaths was that he knew that the headlines would be:
“BLAIR APOLOGISES FOR IRAQ”
He’s right, of course. I referred to this reason here – “Apologising to bereaved relatives of the troops”.
“Sixthly any apology would have been purposely misinterpreted by the press as an overall apology for the Iraq campaign due to his personal fear of repercussions if he hadn’t apologised. This inevitable accusation of the sudden discovery of a conscience would have been entirely inaccurate in EVERY way, factual and by implication.”
This reason – press headlines mis-presented – was only ONE of seven reasons I gave for Mr Blair’s failure to apologise at the Chilcot Inquiry. There are probably even more.
Back to today and countdown time.
Described by The Telegraph as set to become the “biggest selling political memoir of all time” A JOURNEY has been THE most anticipated memoir for years, if not decades. What a pity the Telegraph couldn’t have updated their picture of the title cover along with their news, don’t you think? It’s now A JOURNEY not THE JOURNEY. THE Journey made it sound as though he’d finally arrived.
Tomorrow night, on the day the book is released, Andrew Marr will interview the former prime minister, the only broadcast interview this side of the Atlantic. If you’ve already ordered your copy of the book, it should be with you on Friday.
You can order Tony Blair’s ‘A Journey’ here , at 40% reduction.
EARLIER POSTS AT THIS BLOG ON BLAIR AT THE CHILCOT INQUIRY
- Rentoul to BBC on Iraq Inquiry – “No, it’s NOT a trial.” (I was witness to this too!)
- BBC World ‘Have Your Say’ on Blair & Iraq Inquiry, including Blair Supporter colleagues
- Further update on the Ban Blair-Baiting petition
- Tony Blair asks at the Iraq Inquiry: “Who is killing them?”
- I was a witness (more or less) to the TRIAL of Tony Blair, aka the Iraq Inquiry
- Tony Blair at Iraq Inquiry – ONE report with NO opining
- Tony Blair: A Journey set to become biggest political memoir of all-time (telegraph.co.uk)
- Marr to grill Blair ahead of book (mirror.co.uk)
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