Patrick Christys — Express.co.uk July 8, 2016
Robert Harris, a best-selling novelist and former journalist, said that Mr Blair had a “messianic” view of politics and the Chilcot Report was like “him being nailed to the cross”.
Mr Harris shed light on personal details about Mr Blair, such as his reported desire to wear makeup regularly.
He said: “He often wore make-up, even when he wasn’t on TV.
“Maybe it just appealed to his sense of always being a performer.”
Adding to the notion of Mr Blair is a very egotistical leader, Mr Harris declared his shock at Mr Blair’s view of himself and also how much he has disintegrated mentally.
The 59-year-old said: “He had a very personal messianic view of politics. As things went wrong he developed a kind of messianic strategy that really almost reached full flowering with the publication of the Chilcot Report.
“It was like Christ nailed to the cross.
“You can never be sure where the public performance ends and the man begins – he was playing Christ on the cross.
He added: “He’s morphed into a figure that’s not quite of this world.
“He said all prime ministers go mad in the end but none have gone quite as strange as Tony Blair.”
The former BBC journalist also revealed how M Blair wanted to rule the country largely by himself, shunning his Cabinet’s involvement where possible.
He said: “The first warning sign I got was discussing Cabinet meetings at Chequers.
“He wanted meetings to be one 45-minute session every week as opposed to two hours twice a week.
“I realised it would be a very personal, one-man government.”