Blair on Bertie
"We got on immediately like the proverbial house on fire. Bertie is one of my favourite political leaders.
"Over time he became a true friend. He was heroic throughout the whole (peace) process, smart, cunning in the best sense, strong, and, above all, free of the shackles of history.
"He had that elemental quality that defines great politicians. He was a student of history, not its prisoner.''
-- from The Journey