And then the Queen said to me

Amused to read here that Tony Blair’s memoirs contains dialog apparently from fictional sources.

In ‘A Journey: My Political Life’, he quotes the Queen as telling him “You are my 10th Prime Minister. The first was Winston [Churchill]. That was before you were born”.

For a start, this a breach of protocol, where private conversations with the Queen are not usually spoken about in any detail. However, it also appears to be a direct lift from Peter Morgan’s screenplay of The Queen, starring Helen Mirren. Morgan says the line was his own invention, so he is either psychic, or Blair is having trouble telling his real life from a movie plot.


  1. September 10, 2010

    “Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
    Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend. “
    –Jimmy Stewart and Carleton Young, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

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