THIS week I was planning to write about the post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory. Quite brief. Provocative. And thrilling. You’d have loved it. Trust me. I’m a journo… Never mind!
But then something happened. My blood pressure started rising rapidly. And not in a good way. After weeks of depressing news about Trump, Putin, Corbyn, who again emerges from the woodwork? Yes, you guessed: Tony Blair.
And reports he is said to have met an Oscar-winning film producer to discuss making a documentary about his life. Although Blair’s spokesman said he received many such requests but had agreed to none, according to a source: “They were really keen on the idea. It just ticks all the boxes.”
Intriguingly, we can only guess what form a possible documentary could take. For some, it could be ‘LA LA Land,’ the movie sequel, where Tony and Cherie write their own fantasy screenplay, find God and dance and sing their way through numerous properties until they locate a bank.
For others, a kind of Bible Story: how an ‘ordinary guy’ feels the hand of history on his shoulder, is ‘instructed’ to topple ruthless tyrants and overcome all manner of evil and, finally, a legend in his own mind, ends up living in countless country piles.
We can only guess, too, what Blair, a staunch Europhile who has dropped heavy hints about returning to politics, makes of Theresa May’s 12-point plan (her ‘12 Commandments’ or ‘Brexodus’). One thing’s certain, though. He’d love her job.
Which reminds me: according to Tom Bower (Tony Blair’s biographer), when Blair became PM, he realised he hadn’t read enough history, so asked Roy Jenkins, his mentor, for advice. Jenkins sent him five books, four written by himself. “The only one we know he read is the biography of Gladstone,” Bower recalls. “Unfortunately, the lesson he seems to have taken from it is that it’s possible to return as PM time and again until the age of 84.”
Help! Given all last year’s ‘surprises’ (Trump, Brexit etc) who knows what the future might still hold for the UK electorate?
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