Tony Blair is accused of plagiarizing his fictionalized self in his new memoir

Tony-BlairImage Credit: Rick Gershon/Getty Images; Laurie SparhamIn a case of life imitating art imitating life, screenwriter Peter Morgan is accusing Tony Blair of lifting lines for scenes in his recent memoir A Journey from Morgan’s fictionalized account of those same events in the 2006 film The Queen. The lines in question come when Blair meets with Queen Elizabeth in 1997 after becoming prime minister. Blair’s memoir reads, “You are my 10th prime minister. The first was Winston. That was before you were born,” while Helen Mirren’s dialogue in the film was, “You are my 10th prime minister, Mr. Blair. My first was Winston Churchill.”

Morgan tells The Daily Telegraph that he invented those lines out of thin air, meaning that it’s either a coincidence or that Blair “had one gin and tonic too many and confused the scene in the film with what had actually happened.” It’s a pretty rare occurrence to be accused of plagiarizing your own life, but Michael Sheen’s performance as Blair in the film was pretty convincing, so I think I could forgive the former 10 Downing Street occupant if he forgot which him was actually him. Just as long as he doesn’t start borrowing from The Ghost Writer, the thriller in which a thinly veiled Blair character writes his memoirs and people start getting mysteriously killed. That might be a bit much.

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  • gb

    That is hilarious! Michael Sheen plays Blair so well….that i forget about the real tony blair! lol

  • mlongnecker

    People start getting mysteriously killed? Hope thats not a statment you will regret. He had to cancel his book signing bacause of protesters. Stay safe Mr. Blair

  • just me

    Worshipping Other gods

    Take care in choosing a church to attend. Some churches disregard the Lord’s word and teach apostasy. Some will tell you that all religions, or “paths” as they call it, lead to God. This is a false belief. Satan tries to trick people using their sense of compassion for others.

    The one-world-faith movement is one such trick. Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister, is one leader in this movement. Here are some of his words, “But this, in a sense, is the dark side of strong belief. People who hold deep convictions about life and its purpose necessarily can be prone to holding those views to excess or to the point of prejudice. That danger is inherent in faith.”

    “So though we may disagree with those of another faith, though we hold true to our own faith we should not have the arrogance merely to tolerate a person whose faith is different; but instead respect them as an equal.”

    His first quote he mentions that strong faith can lead to prejudice. Read this as: If you are a Christian and speak against apostasy and false gods or just speak God’s truth you can be persecuted. An example is: In New Hampshire, a 12 year old home schooled girl was ordered into public school because her religious beliefs were too ‘sincere’ and ‘rigid’. The girl is Christian and a social worker thought she should attend school to learn “other ideas”.

    You can also expect laws to be used for persecution such as being arrested for a hate crime such as in this case: “A police community support officer ordered two Christian preachers to stop handing out gospel leaflets in a predominantly Muslim area of Birmingham (UK). The evangelists say they were threatened with arrest for committing a “hate crime” and were told they risked being beaten up if they returned.”

    Blair’s second quote tells you that we should respect all points of view (religions) as being the same. This is saying false gods/goddesses, idols, and even satan is the same as our God. I think not!

    A good church will teach against sin, teach repentance and obedience to the Lord, and teach Jesus is the only way to Heaven, and not teach against scripture.

    Isaiah 44:6 “This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

    Deuteronomy 13:1-4 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

    Deuteronomy 13:6-8 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him.

  • grierforart

    Ja, sennilega svo pad er

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