Blair's memoirs: a terrible cover

And the title isn't much better.


Here's the remarkably saccharine cover of Tony Blair's memoirs. The casual photo is bad enough, but it's that title -- The Journey, more apt for a reality TV star than a prime minister -- that's truly shocking.

Compare Blair's title to Margaret Thatcher's dignified and elegant The Downing Street Years or Harold Wilson's Memoirs: the Making of a Prime Minister, and it becomes clear just how bad it is.

The book falls from the tree in September and Blair describes it as "an attempt to inform and shape current and future thinking as much as an historical account of the past".

So, just as the former PM used his appearance before the Chilcot inquiry to lay the ground for military action against Iran, we can expect his memoirs to offer further thoughts on today's Middle East.

Reports that the book can be read in less than 45 minutes are yet to be confirmed.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.