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Does Blair's A Journey plagiarise The Queen?

8th September 2010

Screenwriter Peter Morgan has accused former prime minister Tony Blair of plagiarism in his memoirs.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the writer pointed out the similarities between the account of Blair meeting the queen in his memoirs A Journey and dialogue from his own Oscar-winning film The Queen.

Morgan explained that the lines were created entirely by his imagination, as no records are kept of the meetings between monarchs and prime ministers and claimed that there are three possibilities why Blair's account is so close to his own.

'The first is I guessed absolutely perfectly, which is highly unlikely; the second is Blair decided to endorse what I imagined as the official line; and the third is that he had one gin and tonic too many and confused the scene in the film with what had actually happened,' he told the newspaper.

Morgan added that he finds the third possibility the most amusing as Blair has always denied watching The Queen, which was released in 2006 and starred Dame Helen Mirren in the title role.

Published on September 1st, A Journey enjoyed the strongest opening-week sales of any memoir according to figures from Nielsen BookScan, shifting 92,060 copies in its first four days, the Bookseller reported.
 

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