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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 was wrong about The Ghost

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2010 at 07:00 pm

Two months ago I said The Ghost, Roman Polanksi's film of Robert Harris's self-hating, Blair-hating book (right: Tony Blair aka Adam Lang aka Pierce Brosnan confronts his ghost writer, Ewan McGregor), was subsidised by the German taxpayer to the tune of €200,000.

I am grateful to John Rosenthal for pointing out that the real total from all German public sources is nearly €5m. Plus unspecified funding from the European Union through its “Media” film fund. You, dear reader, have contributed to the making of this propaganda.

You can still sign the petition to Ban Blair Baiting here.


andrew_williams wrote:
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 at 07:36 pm (UTC)
...Typical EU...unaccountably spending our money...better off out...harumph!
The Ghostly goings-on with German taxpayers' money
blairsupporter wrote:
Saturday, 29 May 2010 at 08:45 pm (UTC)
If I get time I will write on this too, John.

I noticed there was a little splurge of signatures at the Ban Blair-baiting petiion, JR, after this mention.

Couple of good comments too, including this:

"The war in Iraq, supported by the Conservatives in the UK, and many other countries throughout the world, was not illegal and did not make Tony Blair a war criminal. I have great difficulty in understanding where this hatred for Mr Blair comes from, particularly as the majority of people in Iraq regard him as their saviour. Could it be they feel betrayed because Mr Blair left them in the lurch after promising to remain for a full Parliament. Are they suffering from some form of bereavement?"

Well, maybe. Some of us still feel bereft, but we don't hate him for "dying", or rather for being "killed off". The haters hate him for being right.


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