An internet campaign to have Tony Blair’s book placed in the crime section of bookshops has met with objections from gangsters and ex-cons. The criminal underworld is apparently unhappy at being associated with Mr Blair as it makes them feel ‘dirty’, and threats of ‘action’ against bookshops classifying A Journey as crime writing are being taken seriously by Scotland Yard.
‘Sure my book about being a henchman for the Krays in the 1960s has got some pretty gruesome memories,’ says ‘Mad Mike’ McNeil. ‘There’s beatings, decapitations, and my wonderful after-dinner anecdote about dumping a rival gangster in the wet concrete of the Chiswick flyover. But to see it on the shelf next to Tony Blair’s memoir – it made me feel physically sick. Do they think we are completely without morals?’
Threats of violence towards bookshops from Britain’s criminal book-writing community met with a swift response from Tony Blair’s private office. The former Prime Minister called for immediate military action shoulder to shoulder with the United States, followed by a badly thought-out, chaotic and bloody aftermath, leading to civil war and eventually humiliating withdrawal.