Tony Blair admits he didn't enjoy being PM due to 'huge' responsibility


Tony Blair has admitted he did not enjoy being Prime Minister as the responsibility was so “huge”.

Mr Blair, who was in Downing Street between 1997 and 2007, said being appointed to the top job was like a fan becoming coach of Manchester United as there was so little experience required.

“I don’t think I did enjoy the job because the responsibility is so huge,” Mr Blair told the BBC in a programme about the office of Prime Minister.

“Every day you’re making decisions and every day you’re under massive scrutiny as is your family. So I didn’t know if I enjoyed it.

“The paradox is that you start at your most popular and least capable and you end at your least popular and most capable.”



Tony Blair said he didn't really enjoy being PM
Tony Blair said he didn’t really enjoy being PM

The former Labour leader compared the elevation to PM to a football fan getting the top job.

He said: “The crazy thing about the job is that it’s the only job I can think of in which the importance of what you’re doing is so immense and the requirement of experience for doing it is so nugatory.

“The first job I ever had in government was prime minister.



Former PM David Cameron said he used to make cheese sandwiches in the Downing Street flat to get away
Former PM David Cameron said he used to make cheese sandwiches in the Downing Street flat to get away

“I use the analogy of a football team. If you’re looking for the new coach of Manchester United and ‘I tell you what we’re going to find the most enthusiastic and persuasive fan we can find and put him in charge of the team’.

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“People would say you’re insane.”

David Cameron also told the programme that he used to nip up to the Downing Street flat to make a cheese sandwich to get a break from the pressure.

The Tory former PM said: “You do need a bit of time to be able to be on your own and just think and just breathe.

“Just a few moments of peace at lunchtime and making a cheese sandwich and eating it alone. These were really valuable moments.”





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