Tony Blair has denied that his unpopularity has been caused by the Iraq war, blaming his loss of public support on people tiring of him after 10 years in power.
His comments surprised Labour MPs and political opponents, who accused him of "self-delusion" and being "in denial" about his legacy as he prepares to stand down in 12 days' time.
In an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, Mr Blair was asked why the public was disenchanted with him even though the economy is sound. He replied: "I've won three elections and what happens when you're in power for a long period of time, people get tired of the same face, the same voice. It's just the way it is. I know people say this is all down to Iraq and so on, but that's not true. From the moment you start in these jobs, you're taking decisions people don't like. If you survive for 10 years, you're doing well."
I'm sure he and dubya will have a fine time sitting in their rocking chairs on the porch at the Crawford ranch someday reminiscing about their glory days when they were just so misunderstood.
And the Iraq war will still be going on then too...