James Forsyth

Blair won’t criticise Cameron if Cameron becomes PM

Blair won't criticise Cameron if Cameron becomes PM
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I expect that the Labour machine will be absolutely delighted with Gordon Brown’s interview in The Times magazine today. The interviewer concludes that Brown has more of a common touch than Blair or Cameron and that Brown’s press team are more relaxed than Cameron’s. The interview even goes into what Brown’s favourite love poetry is. But what struck me in the interview is something Blair says in the course of expressing his support for Brown:

“One of the reasons why I would never go out and criticise the person who is Prime Minister is that I know how damn tough the job is, and I also know enough about the way the modern media works to know that things can get extraordinarily exaggerated and your motives are completely traduced.”

This seems to me to be a commitment that because Blair respects the office and understands its pressures, he’ll never criticise the holder of it. So a Prime Minister Cameron can be assured of Blair’s silence.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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