Compare and Contrast
And BlairSupporter (Uncle Jimmy) here takes a throwaway line from The Sainted One and turns it into an attack on Hugh Grant and "facile" Richard Curtis (writer and director of Love Actually):
Tony Blair: “My staff always wanted me to be more like Hugh Grant, but I didn’t quite make it.”
Yes, well Tony love, maybe that's because Hugh Grant wasn't responsible for over a million Iraqi deaths. Also, Hugh Grant may not be a brilliant actor but he's far better at his job than our disgraced and sacked ex-premier was at his. Unless of course you judge success in purely monetary terms, as Blair does.
“I know there’s a bit of us that would like me to do a Hugh Grant in Love Actually and tell America where to get off. But the difference between a good film and real life is that in real life there’s the next day, the next year, the next lifetime to contemplate the ruinous consequences of easy applause.
Yes, Tony, and the rest of us have had over a decade to contemplate the ruinous consequences of your going after easy applause from Likud and the Republican Party.
The other big difference between Blair and Grant is that you could never imagine Blair saying this, as Hugh Grant did when interviewed by Jay Leno just after being charged with "misdemeanour lewd conduct in a public place" with an LA prostitute:
"I think you know in life what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it."
Blair, on the other hand, has never apologised for any of his disastrous mistakes, probably because in his mind anything that makes him money is a Good Thing and therefore requires no further justification.
Kenneth Turan in the LA Times once wrote of Hugh Grant "If he'd been on the Titanic, fewer lives would have been lost. If he'd accompanied Robert Scott to the South Pole, the explorer would have lived to be 100. That's how good Hugh Grant is at rescuing doomed ventures." Can anyone imagine anything remotely similar being written about Blair, now or in the future? Fewer lives lost? People living longer? Doomed ventures being rescued instead of initiated?
Sadly this is fiction.
Sadly this is fact (though of course the script was a fiction).