“If they are going to get you, they are going to get you,” so says Tony Blair of a potential terrorist attack.
The prime minister acknowledged that even the tightest of security might not stop a determined attacker.
Last month he was struck by a flour bomb in the House of Commons, despite a £600,000 bullet-proof security screen being installed in the chamber.
Mr Blair told Time Out magazine he did not want to create barriers between politicians and the public.
“I actually enjoy going out and meeting people,” he told the magazine.
“Now the security thing is a problem, although my belief ultimately is that if they are going to get you, they are going to get you.”
Asked whether he was scared, Mr Blair said: “No. Look, these things happen and a huge fuss is made about them.
“What I think is quite important is that we don’t create so many barriers between politicians and people that you can’t interact with them.”
He claimed that the first thing he thought of when he was hit by the missile was that he had a great line to hit back at the opposition and he could not use it.
Campaign group Fathers 4 Justice claimed responsibility for the incident.