Blair and Brown: An apology
I would like to apologise for my reporting of the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in the years they were together in government. Some said it was tittle tattle, others that it was speculation, a few dared to suggest that it was fabrication.
I now accept that I made mistakes. Things were worse - much worse - than I reflected at the time.
I did not report then but now can that:
• Tony Blair blamed Gordon Brown for starting the cash for honours row which led to the first ever police investigation into a serving prime minister
• Gordon Brown threatened to trigger that row if he didn't get his way on a policy which affects the pensions of millions of voters
• Mr Blair did renege on a deal to stand down before the 2005 election
• He did not sack Gordon Brown because he believed that "let loose" he might lead a left wing rebellion
• The PM turned to drink to deal with the stress of dealing with someone he regarded as "very very difficult" and "maddening"
• Tony Blair knew that Gordon Brown would be a hopeless prime minister
Tony Blair's memoirs remind me of Princess Diana's extraordinary Panorama interview. They confirm that what was reported about what happened behind the scenes was just the half of it.