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John Rentoul

John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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The Papist Plot

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Monday, 13 July 2009 at 02:53 pm
Sillier than it seemed at the time, and much less sinister. It turns out that Tony Blair really did have a Roman Catholic priest hopping in to 10 Downing Street through a back window.

I followed my instructions and came to a half-raised, large sash window, where a security officer in white shirt and black trousers waited to help me climb inside. I was met and guided upstairs by Mrs Blair’s mother, Gale.

Thus writes Father Michael Seed in the extract of his book, Saints and Sinners, published by The Sunday Times yesterday. Yet the impression given is that it was Father Seed who suggested and possibly enjoyed the re-enactment of 17th-century hugger muggery, while Tony and Cherie couldn't care less.