"No one takes him seriously. The Israelis think he is very convenient, because he will never blame them for anything, and the Palestinians have nothing but contempt for him."
Author Avi Shlaim, discussing the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia's envoy to the Middle East, one Tony Blair. (Telegraph 17/1/09).
Curiously the newspaper version of the article, by Gordon Rayner, is decisively headed "Will the bottom drop out of Brand Blair?", yet the on-line article (otherwise identical) takes the more subdued heading "Will the shine come off the Tony Blair brand?".