Monday, September 06, 2010

Looking for Tony Blair's memoir? Try the crime section.

I know it's a terribly British form of protest, but I like it all the better for that.

A Facebook page was today inundated with pictures of the former prime minister's book in odd places after thousands joined a group entitled "Subversively move Tony Blair's memoirs to the crime section in bookshops".

The Facebook page – which had more than 5,000 members by mid-afternoon – urges them to "make bookshops think twice about where they categorise our generations [sic] greatest war criminal".

The group was started by nursing student Euan Booth – no relation to Euan Blair, or indeed Cherie Booth – to protest about the book and Blair's record in Iraq. He had thought of staining books with fake blood – but wanted to take action that was non-criminal and peaceful. "It is mischievous, but no one is coming to any harm," he said. "It is a very English way of voicing your opinion and is meant to be a bit of fun."

It's non-violent and it gets the message across beautifully. The man started an illegal war and he is currently touring the country signing copies of a book in which he defends his crime.

I think this is a much more stylish form of protest that the egg and shoe throwing which occurred in Ireland.

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