Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons, fourteen years in the House of Lords, and two in Her Majesty’s prisons, which spawned three volumes of highly acclaimedPrison Diaries. All of his novels and short story collections---including Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune, and False Impression---have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two children and lives in London and Cambridge.
Question: What will the legacy of Tony Blair be?
Jeffrey Archer: Hard to say at this early stage. He only was removed from office, or resigned from office a few months ago, a formidable prime minister, and a formidable politician, and I suspect the Labor party will regret losing him.
Question: In what state did Tony Blair leave Britain?
Jeffrey Archer: Well, a middle class Britain; we have taken over a very strong economy and he had left the same strong economy. He made some genuine, very brilliant reforms, and his record will bear watching what a saddened, what blot to that record or harm it is; Iraq.
The fact that he was so willing to--it looked to some of us just fall in line with President [George W.] Bush.
I think Margaret Thatcher would have stood out to President Bush and said, “So far a no feather.”
If you take away Iraq, which you can’t from the Blair Legacy, it is a very impressive premiership. But he would be settled historically; he will be settled with Iraq.
Recorded on: March 15, 2008.