Wars have had a bad press, and they have many benefits, said the star speaker at the War-Ex exhibition opening at Olympia today.
Tony Blair, once a prime minister, said he despairs at the pessimism of British people today. It's an attitide that's particularly obvious in our attitude to war. 'War concentrates the mind, it brings people together and it makes you cherish the things you took for granted,' said Blair, 'but all I hear people doing is complaining.'
Blair himself was too modest to point out that he's made a massive fortune out of what critics call 'human misery'. He can command a hundred thousand dollars for just fifteen minutes of pious soundbites on the American lecture circuit. But typically, British people just want to complain about deaths and destruction. 'We just don't like winners in this country,' he said.