Tony Blair is a narcissist with a messiah complex who lives a tragic life, according to his former friend Robert Harris.
The bestselling author, a once close confidant of the former prime minister who has since become a fierce critic, lashed out at Blair for turning his back on parliament once he quit as PM to go and “hang out with a lot of rich people in America”.
In his latest attack on the former Labour leader, he also holds up Lord Mandelson, who has been known to associate with a super-rich crowd, as a paragon of plain living and frugality compared with Blair.
Harris, a former political journalist, is the author of The Ghost, a book turned into a film about a former British prime minister who faces being hauled in front of the international criminal court for alleged war crimes, which he previously described as being somewhere “between reality and fiction”.
Asked about Blair’s life, he told Total Politics: “I find it tragic. I think it’s presumptuous of me to say so but I can’t believe there isn’t an element of tragedy that he himself feels, that a relatively young man in political terms should cut himself off from British democracy in the way that he has, because he could have had one of those 19th-century careers and come back, as foreign secretary or maybe even as party leader, but he turned his back on it and walked out of the place. I cannot understand someone who tasted that kind of role and fought for it, turning their back on it.”
He added: “Who knew that he would become a great friend of George Bush and would want to keep bombing people and would be so passionately interested in making money and live this strange life with the billionaire super-rich on yachts and private jets?
“I mean maybe someone more perceptive than I would have seen it, but I never saw that at the time, nor — knowing a lot of the people who know him very well — did they.
“It’s a cliche to say that most politicians go mad if they are in office for more than about six or seven years and they become a member of a club and you become quite disconnected from reality, and I think there were in Tony things we perhaps didn’t realise at the time — of narcissism, a messiah complex, that had merely accelerated this impulse in him.”
Harris said Mandelson, godfather to one of his children, still mixed with the “paupers”.
“Peter is the soul really of plain living — frugality — compared to Tony Blair as far as I can see. He associates with the paupers of the Earth compared to the people that Blair associates with,” he told the magazine.
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Why does the mainstream media keep giving discredited Tony Blair, (alleged) war criminal and so-called Middle East Peace Envoy, a platform? It cannot be because he is an expert on the Middle East, because he is not.
He has recently said we should bomb Iran, Syria, that the West should ignore the democratic wishes of the people as he did.
Today, it was the turn of Iraq to be bombed, his platform the Andrew Marr show. Could the problems actually be caused by Blair-Bush and their illegal wars? A war to eliminate terrorists in Iraq, or was it to depose Saddam Hussein, or was it mythical weapons of mass destruction and dodgy dossiers, the reasons changed by the day. Certainly not, claimed Blair.
On the Andrew Marr show, Blair came across as manic, totally insane.
Blair sponges off his rich mates, holidays in the house of Cliff Richard in the Caribbean, Mubarak in Egypt before he was deposed.
It should come as no surprise Blair backing the evil Sisi in Egypt, a man whose hands are dripping with the blood of martyrs. It is not only Blair, his odious spin doctor Alistair Campbell is there too.