Tony Blair: I would not have been PM if social media existed in the 70s

Written by David Singleton on 5 April 2017 in Diary

The former prime minister referred to ‘bad, bad stuff’ that he did in student days.

Tony Blair has declared that he would never have made it to Number 10 if social media had been invented when he was in a rock band while at university.

Appearing on Dave TV show Unspun With Matt Forde, the former prime minister declined the chance to pick up the guitar again and play with the programme's house band.

But he did hint at some unruly behaviour that may have occurred when he fronted his band, Ugly Rumours, while studying at Oxford in the 1970s.

Discussing an early photo of himself, he said: "Let this be a warning to any young person that wants a political career.

"That is one of the very few pictures of me that is highly embarrassing. Today with social media, just be careful. When I was in the band, if we had social media, I certainly wouldn't have been Prime Minister."

Asked what would have been pictured, Blair laughed and responded: "Bad stuff. Bad, bad stuff."

Blair also used his TV appearance to do his best impression of "the Italian prime minister".






The former prime minister also spoke about being depressed by Brexit and how to handle Donald Trump.

He said: "I don't often get depressed, but when I read… we're about to spend £500 million switching the colour of our passport. You know, as if we needed to have different colour of passport to prove what it means to be British. I don't need that to be sure that I'm British."

Blair also said that Theresa May was doing the right thing by cosying up to Donald Trump: "People want me to criticise Theresa May over this but I think the British prime minister should always get on well with the president of the United States."

But the former prime minister did acknowledge that a positive relationship with the Trump might not always be easy to achieve.

"It has got its challenges obviously," he said.



The full interview with Tony Blair can be seen on Unspun With Matt Forde tonight at 10pm on Dave.

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