Waterstone's confirmed that the scheduled book signing had been cancelled, "according to the wishes of the author". The managing director, Dominic Myers, said: "Our job as a bookseller is to bring books to our customers, and where possible enable them to meet authors as well. It is a matter of regret that because of the likely actions of a minority, our customers are now not able to meet a three-times elected prime minister of the United Kingdom, whose book has become our fastest-selling autobiography ever."But there are other institutions willing to be sullied by Blair's presence:
The Stop the War Coalition (StWC) said it was planning to protest at a launch party for Blair's book at the Tate Modern in London tomorrow night. Lindsey German, convenor of StWC, said: "It's a stain on the reputation of Tate Modern, to host a gathering of war criminals."I hope people do boycott Waterstones for years to come and there may even be an immediate price to pay for their collusion with this low-life: This could run and run unless they do the decent thing and apologise.
The limited number of signed copies of A Journey will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, one copy per customer.