Saturday 17 February 2018

Note to Wendi: Get over your Tony crush

Peacemaker Tony Blair is much too smart to risk wrecking his reputation

Power couple: Rupert Murdoch tolerated his former wife Wendi Deng’s obsession with celebrities
Power couple: Rupert Murdoch tolerated his former wife Wendi Deng’s obsession with celebrities
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

'Oh, s***, oh, s***. Whatever why I'm so so missing Tony. Because he is so so charming and his clothes are so good. He has such good body and he has really really good legs Butt ... And he is slim tall and good skin. Pierce blue eyes which I love. Love his eyes. Also I love his power on the stage ... and what else and what else and what else ... "

And that, ladies and gentleman, is what Wendi Deng Murdoch, the ex-wife of the most powerful media magnate in the world, thinks of Tony Blair, the most influential ex-prime minister on the world stage, who makes a fortune advising governments, according to Vanity Fair.

I'm ambivalent about Blair, but I don't doubt that he's a considerable politician with extraordinary qualities. When I read his memoir, A Journey, I was struck by how candid it was: he cheerfully admits to being a manipulator. He's also a brilliant judge of people.

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