James Campbell

Blair the chameleon?

Blair the chameleon?
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A new book on John Howard's government, by the veteran Australian politcal journalist Paul Kelly, has a nice account of the Australian PM's first encounter with Tony Blair:

"At one point John Howard, trying to be clever, asked Tony Blair: 'What are you going to do with the Thatcher legacy?' Blair paused, he sat up straight, extended his arms and broke into a huge grin. 'I'm going to take the lot,[ he chortled. Blair laughed but Howard seemed stunned. It wasn't the answer he expected. On his return to the hotel Howard was fuming. 'That man's a bloody chameleon. He doesn't stand for anything,' Howard declared."