'Whatever why I'm so so missing Tony. Because he is so so charming and his clothes are so good. He has such good body and he has really really good legs Butt... And he is slim tall and good skin. Pierce blue eyes which I love. Love his eyes. Also I love his power on the stage... and what else and what else and what else...'
I had a friend from Shanghai who always used to use the phrase ‘by all means’ in the Malcolm X sense – ‘by all means necessary’ rather than ‘go ahead, help yourself’. What I’m getting at here is that I’m not impressed by the contents of the mash note allegedly written by Wendi Deng about former Prime Minister and current Dodgy International Consultant Tony Blair. Leaving the surreal manglings of machine translation aside, the chinglish I used to hear was often more eccentric than wrong and based either on the kind of misunderstandings you get when language is taught by and to non-native speakers or attempts to make English conform to Chinese means of expression. Something else I remember was a tendency to put everything in the conditional tense. The point is there was no loss of intelligence or understanding among the people i knew who spoke in this way. Arguably there was a kind of linguistic synthesis which had its own rules.
By contrast, this note allegedly written by a tough, wideawake woman of early middle years sounds like something concocted from the dimly remembered pseudo-oriental dialogue of the native love-interest in bad Vietnam war movies. That Tony Blair! He Gorgeous! He love me long time! Butt!
So while it’s tempting to think of Tony the Backdoor Man tickling a contribution for his many, many foundations from the boss while establishing constructive dialogue with the bosses' wife… on the available evidence, no. It also doesn’t seem to conform to past behaviour. Blair always knew who his masters were and never showed signs of disrespecting them. It is interesting that Murdoch or some faction of his court seems to have dumped on him and may be significant. But then again, why not? Blair was just one of those guys who came around asking for stuff.