It’s becoming clear that Tony Blair and Rupert Murdoch have conducted their close personal relationship in recent years with the furtiveness of old lovers.
During his interrogation at the phone-hacking inquiry, Murdoch revealed he frequently visited Downing Street – but always chose to arrive and depart by the back door. Anyone would think he had something to be ashamed of.
Now it emerges that Blair was a godparent to one of Murdoch’s young daughters, together with fellow global superstars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
Unlike them, however, his smug face was nowhere to be seen in the acres of space and dozens of photographs devoted to the ceremony in Hello! magazine. Anyone would think he had something to be ashamed of.
In fact, both men were doing what came naturally – buttering up the other for reasons of mutual advancement.
Further evidence of New Labour’s skill at brown-nosing (politicians call it ‘diplomacy’) came from some of the secret files left behind when the British ambassador scarpered out of Tripoli as soon as the shooting started.
It can hardly be described as an ordered retreat because there were confidential documents left around everywhere – and none showed the former British government in a particularly favourable light.
It’s clear Blair and Brown were anxious to appease Gaddafi, and their desperation is shown by the fact that a piece of diplomatic fluff like Prince Andrew was to be deployed in the affection offensive.
Nauseating though all this nonsense may be, a more sinister side to this fragile accord also surfaced. New Labour always insisted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi was freed on humanitarian grounds and they had no part to play in the decision made by the Scottish government.
However, it has now been revealed that Gaddafi threatened to launch a ‘holy war’ if Megrahi was not returned to his homeland – and the prospect spooked Number Ten. Pressure was obviously applied north of the border with the result that Alex Salmond and his mob caved in – but nobody is prepared to admit as much.
Anyone would think they had something to be ashamed of.