'Deftly meshes the events of the last years with a commentary
heavy on rage, bafflement and scorn ... Blair the monster is held fully to
account in this timely book' -- The Observer
'This powerful philippic offers the best account I have yet seen
of what can happen when a political leader chooses to clothe himself simply
in the armour of self-righteousness.'
-- Sunday Telegraph
'Vivid, enjoyable denunciation ... wastes no time trying to be
balanced. The author is not inhibited by the fatal instinct for fairness
which for so long led so many of the English to give Blair the benefit of
the doubt, and to suppose that he could not be quite as deceitful as he
seemed.' -- The Daily Telegraph
"We want you to get up the arse of the White House and stay there." Blair aid Jonathan Powell to incumbent US Ambassador Christopher Meyer in 2001 Bestselling journalist and writer Geoffrey Wheatcroft's timely and coruscating polemic argues that Tony Blair has signally failed in his principal responsibility to defend the interests of his country. Instead, by taking us to war on America's coattails, by reducing British foreign policy to the level of self-righteous soundbites and expensive foreign travel, and by chasing his childish infatuation with his own image as an international statesman, Tony Blair has doggedly pursued the interests of the United States whilst blatantly disregarding the warnings from his own experts and the demands and needs of his own people. "Yo, Blair!", the childish and slightly disdainful aside from Bush to Blair caught embarrassingly on microphone at the St. Petersburg summit served to underline the Prime Minister's pathetic subservience to the President.
From the beginning Blair was 'a Prime Minister without a party', now he is in office but not in power, a lame duck Prime Minister, ineffectual, unloved and perceived by all, at home and abroad, as slightly sinister. Geoffrey Wheatcroft's extraordinary and immaculately structured attack picks apart the legacy and the unstoppable ego of the man who led Labour to three successive election victories, and shows how, through his relentless assaults on individual freedom and his eagerness to involve us in a needless, illegal and unpopular war on flagrantly false pretences, he has devalued Britain in the eyes of the world and reduced us to a client state of Washington.