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Tony Blair’s journey to the crime section

Matilda Battersby

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More than 10,000 people have joined a Facebook group calling on members to “subversively move Tony Blair’s memoirs to the crime section in book shops”.

It’s creator, 24-year-old Euan Booth from London, set up the group in order to take non-violent direct action against what he sees as the wrongful categorisation by bookshops of ‘A Journey’ as a memoir.

He told The Independent: “I think Blair’s book should be in the crime section. It is perfectly clear that he broke international law by launching a war of aggression on Iraq. His evidence was lies, which as he defended it at the Hutton enquiry, amounts to perjury.”

“Billions upon billions of pounds stolen from the British taxpayer in my mind amounts to theft, maybe not in a court of law, but hey.”

Numerous photos and stories of the removal of Blair’s book from the autobiography sections of well known book shops have been uploaded to group’s Facebook page.

One group member, Lee Holding, remarked: “Somebody placed [Tony Blair's 'The Journey'] in the autobiography section in WH Smiths. Placed it in the true crime section where it belonged. Couldn’t find a section for ‘war’ criminals. We shall have to wait for George W bush to get his crayons out and write his.”

The creation of the group follows news of the postponement of a launch party for ‘A Journey’ which was due to be held this evening at the Tate Modern in London, amid fears of violent protest from anti-war campaigners.

Earlier this week the former prime minister was the target of egg-throwers at a book signing in Dublin, resulting in the cancellation of a signing at a Waterstone’s book shop in London due to take place earlier today.

Booth’s group makes it clear it would not condone violent protest, seeking only mischievous dissent. It’s caption reads: “Be part of a literary movement…And have a sense of humour”- a combination rarely found, some might argue.

“I don’t condone the violent acts of protest,” Booth says. “But I completely understand the public’s anger. I feel it too, I just decided to lead by example on a funny idea that was knocked around the net. And funny it is – but there is a serious message. Tony Blair is a liar, a cheat and a coward.”

Photo credit: The Facebook group

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  • Dravazed

    Well, you’ve got me thinking…hmm. Stalin…Vlad…Blair…

    Yes, there does seem to be something in common, there. What do you suppose it could be?

  • AlanGiles

    What is very worrying is that David Miliband is likely to be the next leader of the Labour Party, and, just like his mentor, he has also – more than once posited the idea of “having a go” at Iran.

    Bear in mind that the jejune Miliband will probably be “advised” by the loathsome trio of Blair Mandelson and Campbell, not to mention the likes of John reid and Jack Straw, and Labour will be seen as the party of permanent war.

    I suspect though, they will lose the next election anyway. At this rate, anyway, I hope they do with Miliband-Blair Minor in charge.

  • AlanGiles

    Zac, Jackie Collins and the late Barbara Cartland sold millions of books. That didn’t stop them being crap as well as works of fiction as well.

    Blair had to scrape the barrel – even relating private discussions he had with the Queen, which is just not done- no other PM Labour or Conservative has ever done such a thing, and fro what I read, he has also described his bedtime antics with his wife. Showbiz and sex sells.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/IZR4K55M5PNLQGNMJRNTHVUXUU Mike Cawood

    Many of us intensely dislike him not for his war policies but for his taxation policies and his anti-motorist policies. How about instead of burning religious books we burnt a huge pile of a book called “A Journey”.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/IZR4K55M5PNLQGNMJRNTHVUXUU Mike Cawood

    Many of us intensely dislike him not for his war policies but for his taxation policies and his anti-motorist policies. How about instead of burning religious books we burnt a huge pile of books called “A Journey”.


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