TONY BLAIR has pulled out of another event in London to publicise his new book, once more because the former Prime Minister is worried about Iraq War protesters.
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Blair was due to appear at the Tate Modern this evening for a glitzy party to celebrate the launch of A Journey, his memoirs, but has now cancelled the appointment over fears campaigners would cause unseemly disruption.
As well as seasoned anti-war campaigners, the Tate Modern protest was set to involve big names from London’s artistic crowd.
“It is disgusting that an institution at the heart of British culture should have allowed this event to take place,” said Cat Phillipps, one of the artists behind the planned protests at the gallery.
“Mr Blair says he takes responsibility for destroying Iraq but in fact does nothing but celebrate the war.”
Other artist types to have spoken out against Blair’s trip to the Tate Modern include Tracey Emin and Brian Eno.
Blair had already cancelled a book signing event at the Piccadilly branch of Waterstone’s originally scheduled for this lunchtime.
“I don’t want the public to be inconvenienced by the inevitable hassle caused by protesters,” he said.
Last weekend at a publicity event in Dublin, Blair was pelted with assorted weapons of mass destruction like eggs and shoes.