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Chilean miners wait anxiously for copy of Blair memoir

Engineers in Chile have begun drilling the 700-metre tunnel that will enable 33 trapped miners to receive a copy of Tony Blair’s newly-published memoir, A Journey.

Up to now, relatives have only been able to use a tiny ventilation shaft to send the men messages of hope, antidepressant tablets and signed photographs of Jack Straw and Harriet Harman. ‘But this is the news we were hoping for,’ said the wife of one miner. ‘At last my husband will be able to read what really happened that night at Granita.’

The news that a hardback copy of the memoirs could be lowered down a newly-drilled 18-cm wide shaft by November was greeted by the miners with cheers and a rousing rendition of the Chilean national anthem. ‘When we heard that it could take until Christmas to rescue us, our first thought was “Madre de Dios, when will we find out the true story behind the rise and fall of New Labour?”‘, said Victor Segovia, 48. He reported that conditions in the collapsed copper mine are ‘suffocating and hellish’, with dwindling supplies of food and water and only Peter Mandelson’s side of the story to go on.

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Posted: Sep 4th, 2010 by Guest

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