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In defence of Tony Blair

By Matthew Partridge  

Nobody is pretending he is a saint

The release of Tony Blair’s memoirs this morning has returned him to the front pages, but in truth he has rarely been out of them, whether for his donation to the Royal British Legion provoking criticism, or calls for another Iraq-related inquiry. What is surprising about today’s Blair is the intensity of criticism he attracts from the left. While most of the criticism from the right can be explained as sour grapes,…

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