Ex prime minister’s wife Cherie Blair’s name-dropping made toe-curling viewing during her BBC documentary The Real Cherie Blair, according to the Evening Standard.

The reference was to the scene in which Mrs Blair asks her secretary to remind her whether she has written to the Emir of Kuwait yet “because we certainly must thank him. Half a million pounds is generous to say the least”.

According to the Evening Standard this was rather obviously contrived to make Mrs Blair look like a big hitter on the charity circuit.

The favourite bits for others, Charity Matters understands, was when she clearly didn’t want to comment on whether or not people would have paid good money to listen to her if she hadn’t have been the PM’s wife, and her comment that she couldn’t be stupid, as some claimed, because she was a QC, a little gem that must have raised a few chuckles in legal circles.

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