Thursday, May 10, 2007

Going, going....

...but not quite gone yet.
Today's the day that Blair finally tells us when he will step down. It'll be in seven weeks time, apparently. Which is fine, as it gives me plenty of time to book the day off and organise the drinks for the massive piss-up.
The seven weeks is to allow time for the new leader of the party to be named, but I'm not sure seven weeks is what it takes to say the word 'Gordon' followed by the word 'Brown', as I don't see Michael Meacher or John McDonnell gaining enough support to mount a challenge to the Chancellor. It's kind of sad when the only real contest is for the deputy leadership.

It's often said that you judge a man by the company he keeps. Cosying up to Berlusconi, Sarkozy, Bush, Merkel etc, as opposed to the left-centre parties in the relevant countries speaks volumes about the direction Blair has not only taken the party, but also the country.
And the legacy is often how outgoing prime ministers are remembered and his will consist of pretty much one word: Iraq. Kinnock was on the radio this morning talking about how it's odd that a prime minister so active in pushing for military action in Kosovo and Sierra Leone should be vilified for Iraq, conveniently forgetting the total lack of mandate for war in Iraq and the lies that were presented as evidence in favour of conflict. Everything else he's done - good, bad and indifferent - will forever be overshadowed by that. He might not like it, but it's true.

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