Thursday, February 10, 2005

The most difficult boy he ever had to deal with

Bob Roberts, Tony Blair's housemaster at Fettes College in Edinburgh, once described Blair as "the most difficult boy I have ever had to deal with"


"As a boarder the young Blair would argue repeatedly with staff about school procedures. He also came quite close to being expelled after he finished his A-levels.

"Blair had a great gift for being able to push the rules to the limit without actually crossing the line, and he could always talk his way out of most tight spots. He had a great deal of charm and confidence, but certainly did his fair bit of rebelling against authority."

John Rentoul, author of the book Tony Blair: Prime Minister, published in 2001, agrees that the young PM was not the most popular boy at Fettes with figures of authority. "All the teachers I spoke to when researching the book said he was a complete pain in the backside, and they were very glad to see the back of him. "Unusually, he also sat his Oxbridge exams before A-levels so that he would not have to be around for a seventh term for whatever reason."

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