Clarkson said he felt "a bit hurt really".Jeremy Clarkson should have known better: you can't trust anybody these days; they all have a book in them. Quite who would buy a ghost-written autobiography of someone who is only famous for his anonymity is anyone's guess. But then, Tony Blair's Journey, mysteriously named after a naff seventies band, has become something like the best-selling book in the history of the universe, so there is no accounting for taste.
"It was such a shock. It was horrible actually because I liked him and he came round to my house and had drinks and all that time he was writing a book," he said.
Graham Beattie has some extacts which show that Blair would have benefitted from a ghost writer:
"the blunt and inescapable truth is that though Saddam definitely had WMD, since he used them, we never found them. The intelligence turned out to be wrong ... We admitted it. We apologised for it. We explained it, even. "The mistake is serious; but it is an error. Humans make errors. And, given Saddam's history, it was an understandable error. "So the aftermath was more bloody, more awful, more terrifying that anyone could have imagined. The perils we anticipated did not materialise. The peril we didn't materialised with a ferocity and evil that even now shocks the senses."Now read on... or, move Blair's book to the crime section.
We can at least be grateful to Mr Clarkson for revealing to us the wonder that is Witney TV; and for giving me another excuse to post this promo, in the hope that one day all bookshops will be like this one: