Friday, January 06, 2006

Old friends remember Tony Blair:

  • "Blair's tendency was to bend the rules, but rarely break them... Instead, he enjoyed the game of infuriating the masters and escaping punishment."
  • "He did have this disarming ability to never look crestfallen, so he would never look as if he'd been defeated. And he became ... a sort of slightly aged Artful Dodger - getting through, getting by, getting out of pretty well all situations."
  • "Blair as we knew him absolutely modelled himself on Mick Jagger"
  • "He's a sponge"
  • "He is more difficult to define and to feel you understand than any other person I've ever met. He reminds me frequently of a statement made by EM Forster about Joseph Conrad's novels: that inside the secret casket of Conrad's genius there lies not a jewel but a vapour. Tony Blair is like a vapour, you can't pin him down, put him on a piece of green baize and look at him and say, 'That is Tony Blair.'"

  • Sounds charming, eh?

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The only person I know who knew Blair at Oxford:

    "Typical God squad lawyer with no interest in politics that anybody noticed."

    1/06/2006 01:15:00 pm  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I met him once in the early 90s at the Commons when he wandered into a junket in that room off Westminster Hall (the Jubilee Room?)

    There was nothing there - just a template. I wonder if he knows who he is.

    1/07/2006 02:52:00 pm  

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