In his new book, Tony Blair argues that George W. Bush is far more intelligent than is popularly recognised. I contrast this with the following two entries from Chris Mullin’s Decline and Fall:
Thursday, 7 December 
Lunch in the Adjournment with Bruce Grocott. Inevitably we discuss The Man [Blair]. Bruce said: ‘I can give you a list of his strengths as long as your arm, but he is not the best judge of people´.
Monday, 26 March 
A friend in High Places came in for dinner. She says The Man is exhausted, continually dosing himself with tea to keep awake. My friend has sat in on two video conferences with George Bush. Her verdict? ‘I just don’t know where the idea comes from that in private Bush is brighter than he appears in public. He’s unfocused, forgets names, uses words like “thingamy” and refers to the prime minister as “that Maliki guy”.
And these are the people making the key decisions….