By Patrick Ward
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Compulsive Bliar

This article is over 11 years, 3 months old
Tony Blair is known for stretching the truth, and last month managed to stretch it so thinly that it ran to 718 pages in his autobiography, A Journey.
Issue 351

Relating his first encounter as prime minister with the queen in 1997, Blair writes that she said, “You are my 10th prime minister… The first was Winston.”

Now here is the same meeting, but taken from Peter Morgan’s 2006 film, The Queen: “You are my 10th prime minister, Mr Blair,” says Helen Mirren. “My first was Winston Churchill.”

Morgan says that the dialogue came from his imagination, suggesting that Blair may have “confused the scene in the film with what actually happened”.

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