That Tony Blair book, whos going to buy it
I'll be buying it. I'm interested in the guy. He makes a strong case re the middle east policy, though the cost of iraq was massive in both cash and casualties.
I have to say I'm torn on Blair. Have just watched the interview in full, and to be fair Marrs gives him a hard time.
Suggest everyone watches it.
But the book – yes – an interesting set of memoirs and apart from everything, initial reviews say it's a pretty good read.Posted 7 years agoivantateMember
Almost interested in reading it. Not sure whether it will be lies, if i ever agreed with him etc… but interesting as he is the first PrimeMinister of my mature life (not impressionable youth or drunken student).
I also think we share the same opinion on Gordon Brown other than the fact I would have booted him.Posted 7 years agobinnersSubscriber
I never thought I'd say this, but…. I think I hate him even more than I hate Thatcher. I read the first chapter of her memoirs and hurled it in the bin in disgust.
His sounds even more self-serving and delusional than hers. I doubt my blood pressure would make it past page 1Posted 7 years agoprojectMember
Hopefully people who do buy it may want to burn it,as a token gesture to all the soldiers and forces personel that have lost their lives,due to this warmonger, who deliberately organised a war, for reasons just to keep himself in a job.
At least buying it and having a ritual burning will mean that money goes to the servicemens charity, and you dont have to read the rubbish that has been said on the radio all day today.Posted 7 years agoBianchi-BoyMember
I've never really "got" the idea of boycotting books. Just because you buy a book, then read it, does not mean you endorse it's content. And equally not buying a book does not send a message to the author that you do not agree with what is written.
What am I saying? Not sure really, but reading, no matter what, is never a bad thing.
BBPosted 7 years ago
The royalties, and the £4.6 million advance he got. Thats a third of his total wealth.Posted 7 years ago
He will profit from it, apperences, publicity, it's all the 'tny machine' but he could of given £1 million and it still would of caused the media hype, not 1/3 of his wealth.
I'm not saying anything about his charactor because i don't know enough about him, but it seems a genuine gift rather then a publicity stunt.Posted 7 years agosadmadalanSubscriber
For those who won't buy it because they don't want to line Tony's pockets – he has pledged all of his payments from the book (including the advance) to the RBL. He won't get anything from it.
I plan to read it and will probably buy it. In his early years he did a significant amount of good. Having lived through the Thatcher years living in Yorkshire, he was a breath of fresh air. However I suspect anyone could have won the election of '97 if they had been a labour leader.
His latter years are dominated by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The legality of both are dubious but we are helped with hindsight. The biggest crime with Iraq was the total lack of planning for after the invasion. However we were always going to join in the war after Bush Snr. and Thatcher had stopped at the gates of Baghdad in Gulf War I. Both major parties supported the war – and given that we the public had voted them in – we get what we deserve.
You could claim that most of our major leaders are criminals. Churchill was no saint, Thatcher was a war criminal for some of the actions in the Falklands and remember that we invaded Egypt back in the 1950's to grab Suez to satisfy Anthony Eden
Blair was no worse than lots of them and may have been better. However until we have had time to reflect on his time in office we cannot rationally compare his Premiership.Posted 7 years agosimonralli2Member
Thats a third of his total wealth.
We do not know how much Blair is worth since he hides his finances behind many secret companies, or rather companies who are not required to submit accounts. All we know is how much his many houses are worth in the UK.
It is unlikely that buying the book will help troops. The advance was £4.6m, then add on another £1m for publicity. The publishers need to sell 500,000 copies at £25 each to break even, but then most copies are selling at half that (although that may not half the publisher's turnover.) I am not so sure the publishers will break even on the book.Posted 7 years agoCoyoteSubscriber
If you've got £100 in the bank and you give away a third of your wealth then that is a worthy gesture. If you already have more money than you'll ever spend and you give away a third then that smacks of trying to buy forgiveness. In any case he will make it all back in no time.
An example of the man? "Gordon Brown is the best man for the job," or similar in the run up to the last election. Don't exactly match the comments in his book now does it?Posted 7 years agobravohotel9erMember
backhander – Member
I agree with most of what you've said there, except
Thatcher was a war criminal for some of the actions in the Falklands
Not that I agree with him. A certain kind of tribal Labour voter would have far preferred that we lost the war.Posted 7 years ago
The belgrano captain himself said that he thought the sinking a fair action;
Captain Hector Bonzo: "Yes, I agree with that statement. I think we posed a real threat… we never had any intention of going back to shore; we were only waiting for the right moment to act."
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