I was looking forward to this book to find out what made Tony Blair ‘tick.’ Maybe I should have known better, some will say, but I did my best to remain open minded.
As a barrister, this book represents Blair’s testimony, therefore he can expect to be judged by it – his own words – not the hearsay of others. Sadly, he proves that Alastair Campbell was right afterall when he said we ‘don’t do God.’
I have trawled the book – like many others – for insight. Apart from the laddish style (it must have been dictated) and lack of editing, I did not find much.
Blair may do ‘faith,’ ‘religion,’ ‘Catholicism,’ but he does not do true Christianity. ‘Fruit’ is proof of the tree it comes from. I am afraid the fruit is not great when you look at his legacy and I’m not talking about Iraq.
There is a serious lack of definition of what ‘moral’ means for the former Prime Minister and his convictions and faith appear to be very lightweight.
Have a read of my article for Christian Today and leave a comment to let me know what you think about the book.
Following its launch last week, The Journey has been dissected by the media and commentators eager to gain understanding of his views on everything from the war in Iraq to his relationship with Gordon Brown.
For people of faith, in particular Christians, they hoped to discover how his personal beliefs affected his thinking during his years in power. The reader will come away disappointed. God cannot be found in the index.