It’s the first day of advent, so the Blair family have issued their annual Christmas card.
The post-boxes of a select few were filled with festive cheer from Save the Children’s legacy award-winner and GQ’s 2014 philanthropist of the year; a man so seemingly busy he was unable to choose a decent photo of himself.
Instead, here Tony Blair is smiling uncomfortably with wife Cherie. So questionable is the image, that some have questioned its authenticity, but a spokesperson for Tony Blair’s office confirmed it is, in fact, genuine.
But don’t let us influence your opinion on Blair’s attempt at Christmas – the great British public have voiced their views on Twitter.
Some have likened his spurious grin to that of Friends character Chandler Bing, who famously struggled to smile, while others have gone for a most obvious villain, The Demon Headmaster, from the Nineties children’s television show.
I like how Tony Blair's Christmas card is really nice and definitely not terrifying/the stuff of nightmares: pic.twitter.com/9TXQccicZE; Marie Le Grinch (@youngvulgarian) December 1, 2014
Their Christmas card suggests that Cherie Blair's been dead for weeks and Tony's straining from the effort of holding up her embalmed body; nash jenkins (@pnashjenkins) December 1, 2014
The strange thing about Tony Blair's Christmas card is how the teeth seem to follow you round the room. pic.twitter.com/UXUL2pAY5u; Carl Maxim (@carlmaxim) December 1, 2014
"Want to be my girlfriend so we can recreate Tony Blair's 2014 Christmas card together?" - my next chat up line; Erin NicCoinnich (@isandisandis) December 1, 2014
Good of Tony Blair to show solidarity with Ed Miliband by using a terrible photograph for his Christmas card; Ian Levitt (@Levitter) December 1, 2014
I wish I was in a relationship right now purely so we could recreate Tony Blair's Christmas card.; Erin NicCoinnich (@isandisandis) December 1, 2014
One political blog has described the image as “godless” and another suggests that the couple “want to deck your halls with blood. possibly”.
Tony Blair: A career of controversies
Tony Blair: A career of controversies
1/11 The Tony Blair 'selfie'.. A journalist takes a picture of Kennard Phillips 'Photo Op', depicting Prime Minister Tony Blair taking a 'selfie' in front of an explosion in Iraq, during a press viewing of the exhibition Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War
2/11 Protesters pictured outside the QEII Conference centre in London in 2011 as former British PM Tony Blair give his evidence in the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry
3/11 David Lawley-Wakelin, who disrupted Tony Blair’s testimony at the Leveson Inquiry by bursting into the court
4/11 Blair giving evidence
5/11 Tony Blair visiting troops in Iraq in 2007
6/11 Blair meeting with troops in Basra, Iraq in 2003
7/11 Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks to British soldiers at Divisional Headquaters in Basra, May 2007
8/11 British Prime Minister Tony Blair eats dinner with British troops in Basra, Iraq, 21 December, 2004
9/11 Syrian president Bashar El Assad during his official visit to the United Kingdom in 2002. Mr Blair tried to engage Mr Garcia in a conversation about Syria. The former Prime Minister made clear he was very much in favour of military intervention last summer.
10/11 Syrian president Bashar El Assad and wife Asma during their official visit to the United Kingdom in 2002. Mr Blair tried to engage Mr Garcia in a conversation about Syria
11/11 Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's signature adorns a program he signed for an Iraq veteran during a reception at the Guildhall in London following the service of commemoration at St Paul's Cathedral honouring UK military and civilian personnel who served in Iraq
Last month, Save The Children received criticism from its staff who disagreed with the charity’s decision to bestow the former Prime Minister with its global legacy award.Reuse content