"She may of course be a very nice person but, to me, she appears as a spiteful, vindictive, greedy, charmless control freak".
She is also a very well educated and clever woman with a successful career of her own. It is just that her P.R. is very poor and once the media get a bee in their bonnet about someone they don`t know when to stop.
and say that you have little regard for them, but that's largely because you learn quite a bit about them. You might well have very little regard for the person who sits at your supermarket checkout if you knew him or her, but you don't.
Being famous can be a kind of living hell for some people - especially if they're really famous because of their partner's job. They find their lives under the media microsocope, their privacy destroyed. These people usually haven't sought fame, it has been thrust upon them, and it often happens almost overnight - they have no time to prepare, or to arm themselves against the unforgiving glare of public curiosity. They make mistakes, and are pilloried for it, and they have to suffer the agony of reading complete rubbish about themselves in papers and magazines.
I have no idea whether Cherie Blair is a nice person or not, because I've never met her. I've seen her on TV, and read articles about her, but that doesn't equip me to make a real judgment. I know she's a very clever, well-respected lawyer, and that she has a tendency to express herself in robust terms, but that applies to lots of people.