Across the Pond

Blair Throws Brown Under the Bus

Could this actually help former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown? The one man whom Brits seem to dislike more than Brown, his predecessor Tony Blair, says in his new memoir that he knew Brown would be a disaster. "It was never going to work," Blair writes in A Journey, which is published in Britain on Wednesday. He calls Brown “maddening,” and says that Brown threatened to bring him down over the cash-for-honors scandal. Blair says he was so distraught that he turned to drink. “The difficulty is when he was my number two, in sense, the chancellor to my prime minister, people maybe overestimated his capacity to be prime minister,” Blair says in an interview set to air on Wednesday.