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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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"I told them but they wouldn't listen"

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Tuesday, 25 August 2009 at 09:39 pm
Poor Geoffrey Wheatcroft. He has "tried to offer constructive advice to David Cameron and his team". Stay away from Blairite ultras and neconservatives.

He was provoked by Michael Gove's interview in The Independent on Sunday, it would seem. It was Gove's assent to Tony Blair's foreign policy, "in terms of support for democracy abroad", that was too much. Which prompts one to wonder whether it is support for democracy or hatred of Tony Blair that is the activating principle here. 

Wheatcroft has had a rough time of hating Blair. He managed to write a whole book with a title that was a misquotation.

Now he tries to tell David Cameron, but, fortunately for the Conservative Party, he won't listen.