It's a far cry from nearly two years ago, when it was reported that Tony Blair had been holding discussions with some of his best mates about the prestigious new job as President of Europe, to this.
Seems like Mr Blair already has his 'damage limitation plans' in place and he will insist he never mounted a campaign to become the European Union's first full-time president.
Blair's former chief-of-staff in No 10, Jonathan Powell, was sent to test the support in Europe and to covertly lobby Mr Blair's name to be among the leading contenders, but he came back disappointed.
The news from Brussels is that a centre-right candidate from one of the smaller EU member states will be given the presidency to ensure it becomes a ceremonial position rather than a high profile position capable of influencing policy.
A summit is being organised by the EU for mid-November when the name of the new president is expected to be announced. Any excuse for a jamboree at our expense.
I wonder if Tony will attend. It hasn't been a good week for him after all. Firstly Tesco didn't want him and now the EU have unceremoniously shoved him aside. These rejections aren't going to do much for his property portfolio are they?