He may have been pelted with eggs and shoes in Dublin but Tony Blair can always count on a warm reception in the United States. Here’s footage of him receiving the Liberty Medal from his old Third Way chum Bill Clinton in Philadelphia last night.
The medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Centre and previous winners include Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev and Kofi Annan. Last year’s winner was Steven Spielberg whose Schindler’s List Blair praises at length in A Journey. The £65,000 cash prize will go to Blair’s faith foundation and African governance initiative.
P.S. If you haven’t already, check out Roy Hattersley’s excoriating review of A Journey from the current issue.