“Tony Blair: on balance a good prime minister”

John Rentoul

tbfaber 188x300 Tony Blair: on balance a good prime ministerThe new edition of my biography of Tony Blair is published by Faber Finds today. There was an extract from the new Afterword in The Independent on Sunday, which concludes: “On balance, Blair was a good prime minister.”

The new edition includes a 20,000-word Afterword covering the period from 2001 to 2007, with a short section on Blair’s time since stepping down.

For the first time, the 2001 edition, which makes up the bulk of this volume, is now available as an e-book.

In addition, there are new appendices: “The Sayings of Tony Blair”, a collection of quotations; and an updated chronology.

The book will be launched at the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London, at 6.30pm on Tuesday 2 July. If you would like to be there, please email

E-book from Amazon £10.79; iBook £14.99; paperback £20 – but available at the special price of £16 if you buy through the Faber Finds website.

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  • Pacificweather

    I was thinking of the seeds sown, cosying up to Bush and the shenanigans leading up to 2003. Tanks around Heathrow, the various terrorism acts which started in 2000 but which increased after September 2001. I think that was the point that tipped him over the edge, he is an emotional person and that was the point he lost touch with reality.

  • Mike

    Well that’s one book I won’t be buying as that man should be banged up in jail for genocide in Iraq let alone all the crimes against humanity and country.

    Forget his sayings as the only aspect of Blair we have is his appalling legacy of a broken and bankrupt state overrun with terrorists, health tourists, illegal immigrants and welfare scroungers whilst he milks the lecture circuit making millions from the deaths of others !

  • JohnJustice

    Spoken like a true blue Tory twat who has never forgiven Blair for putting them out of office for 13 years, ( and for not being one of them).

  • Firozali A.Mulla

    Yes, we are totally broke and if that is what you call balance I call these balance sheets gone with the wind. Did not start the WMD theory? Is he not the one who pressed the button ” Go to Iraq, we will throw Saddam out and get oil” And Bush and him asked Saudi but got NO If that is balance I totaly disagree. The only one who can talk on these are the dead british and the Iraq that is still unstable even now DIVIDE AND RULE POLICY???. I thank you FirozaliA.Mulla DBA

  • Firozali A.Mulla

    Are you asking or telling I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Firozali A.Mulla

    Read on ” it is out of that total, about 6 million have incomes so close to the poverty line that they would qualify for Medicaid. That leaves about 9 million with incomes below $45,960 who would receive government subsidies under Obamacare to offset the cost of purchasing insurance through an exchange.

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    They could forgo coverage and pay a relatively modest tax penalty next year of no more than 1 percent of their income. Or, they could buy theoretically less expensive “catastrophic” coverage that is not part of the exchange risk pool. Or, they could remain on their parents’ health insurance plan until the age of 26.

    These are all “really great” choices for young adults, said Adrianna McIntyre, a graduate student in public health at the University of Michigan who co-founded Project Millennial to analyze Obamacare.

    But McIntyre receives her insurance via her parents’ coverage and cautioned, “I don’t think people are going to be sitting there and thinking for the good of the country, maybe I should enroll in the exchange, instead of staying on my parents’ plan.”

    If you exclude millennials with children—who would likely face stiff medical bills—and those who can stay on their parents’ coverage, the number of “eligible” young adults for the exchanges drops to 4 million, according to research by McIntyre and Josh Fangmeier, a consultant for the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation in Ann Arbor, MI.

    A target group as low as 4 million means the Obama administration must convince 67.5 percent of them to buy insurance from an exchange. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Firozali A.Mulla

    ON EURO . The lady who was to be taken to the court speaks ” IMF chief Christine Lagarde hopes the new Greek government “will hold” and that “one day” the Fund’s action in Europe, currently the target of criticism, will be appreciated, she said in an exclusive interview Thursday with AFP.

    Lagarde also said that any potential International Monetary Fund aid to Egypt “will not be enough” to meet the struggling country’s needs, and called “unfair” multinational company schemes to avoid taxes.” The cruelty is here , They speak we listen and go down the tube further I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Firozali A.Mulla

    There are no jobs in the place and the youths would love to move to the greener goprunds . Americans are leaving America , English are leaving Britain It is like we have said STUPID ECONOMICS Of course, disputes still exist, such as the well publicised arguments between monetarists and Keynesians as to how the economy as a whole operates. For example, the former argue that increases in government expenditure will ultimately have no impact on the overall level of economic activity and employment. Both sides agree that such increases can have a positive effect on a time horizon of two or three years. Keynesians believe that some of this impact persists. But such tiffs merely conceal the large body of shared belief which characterises present-day economics. The old joke that twelve economists in a room could be guaranteed to hold twelve different opinions, and thirteen if one of them were Keynes, is becoming less and less true. An intellectual orthodoxy has emerged. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

  • Firozali A.Mulla

    The OAU (African Union) has Marked her Golden JUBILEE Year 2013


    2SINCE 1963 TO 2013 MAKES IT 50 YEARS THAT MAKES IT A JUBILEE YEAR! KENYAN and OAU(Afrikan Union) Golden JUBILEE 2013. Laws of the JUBILEE reference Old testament Leviticus 25,Which is a Mosaic Law/Musa Law.

    3WHAT IS A JUBILEE? The Jubilee “a trumpet-blast of liberty” shmita -(Sabbatical years), and according to Biblical regulations had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the Land of Israel; Jubilee deals largely with land, property, and property rights. As with most cultures, the property rights regarding land, slaves and indentured servants was less absolute than for other property rights such as for tools and personal artifacts.

    “You will sound the trumpet; on the Day of Expiation you will sound the trumpet throughout the land. 10 You will declare this fiftieth year to be sacred and proclaim the liberation of all the country’s inhabitants. You will keep this as a jubilee: each of you will return to his ancestral property, each to his own clan. And Tony Blaire was the envoy for the Middel East was he not I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

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