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"Ugly Rumours" by Steve Payne

Author says: what if Tony Blair's day in court really was just rock and roll? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

January 29, 2010: the impossibly squeaky clean music icon Tony Blair appeared in court on this day to deny charges that his rock and roll band "Ugly Rumours" had falsely accounted for their recent world wide tour with country and western singer George W. Bush.

The allegations first surfaced over disputed ticket receipt sales following their "mother of all concerts" in Baghdad which had bombed. And yet Blair's background was anything but controversial. Much like Dubya, his choice of career was a source of immense disappointment to his well-healed parents.

After a private education at Durham's Chorister School, he had boarded at the exclusive Fettes College in Edinburgh where he modelled himself on Mick Jagger. After Fettes, Blair spent a year in London, where he attempted to find fame as a rock music promoter. He was then encouraged to read jurisprudence at St John's College, Oxford, but instead spent his undergraduate days playing guitar and singing with the rock band, Ugly Rumours.

Author says whilst the outcome is quite different, this article is largely based on original content by Dominic Sandbrook in his ingenius article "What if Ugly Rumours Had Made It?" published in the New Statesman Magazine on 22nd October 2009.

Steve Payne

Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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