10 weird things we learned about Tony Blair and Bill Clinton from their private phonecalls

Hanging out with movie stars, going hunting and not getting naked

Hundreds of pages of transcripts of private phonecalls between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton when they were both in power have been released thanks to a BBC Freedom of Information request.

Here are some of the most odd and revealing exchanges:

Clinton likes bananas.

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton had a meeting with Blair and the newly-formed Cabinet in May 1997, after Labour won the landslide general election. Blair and the Labour party took inspiration from Clinton’s successful presidential campaign.

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton went hare or rabbit hunting in the UK with dogs.

Clinton Blair conversations

Boris Yeltsin throws one hell of a dinner party.

Clinton Blair conversations

Princess Diana would have been “off the board” without her sons.

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton said George Bush was “really smart”.

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton reckons he’s “good with babies”. In fact, he’s really keen to meet Leo, Blair’s baby son.

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton Blair conversations

Clinton hung out with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

Clinton Blair conversations

And so did Blair.

Clinton Blair conversations

Finally, whatever this is.

Clinton Blair conversations

NOW READ

Wolmar Oxford Street

Boris Johnson confirms Oxford Street pedestrianisation study

Google self driving car

The history of self-driving cars

Readers' comments (2)

  • Not sure if they warranted release under freedom of information as they are private, but it shows all in a good light and being human (probably a good thing!)

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Anonymous

    pleasure to read the conversation of two dynamic world leaders!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Social Bookmarks