The Guardian’s Steve Bell knew it a long time ago:
But others feel the same:
STEPHEN GLOVER: Forgive me if this is in poor taste but I really DO question Tony Blair’s sanity
More than a year before the invasion of Iraq, I suggested in these pages that there were good reasons to be worried about Tony Blair’s mental health.
Those were the days when most people revered him, and mine was not a popular view.
The argument was that the then PM had a fatal tendency to melodramatise events and to exaggerate dangers.
He loved to talk in apocalyptic terms about world problems, and was at that time — I am talking of January 2002 — going around the world trying to work up people’s fears.
Adding to the notion of Mr Blair being 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.”
More here from a professor of criminology.
Of course, one of his last (and maddest) acts as Prime Minister was to shepherd the UK public smoking ban through Parliament. It came into force three days after he left office. I sometimes wonder if he wanted to shuffle off any blame for that particular atrocity onto his successor.