September 05, 2006

Blair is Finished

Let’s take a look at the evidence…

  • 17 Labour MPs have signed a letter asking him to resign.
  • A leaked memo details Blair’s “Farewell Tour”, indicating all he cares about now is his legacy.
  • BBC News 24 and Sky News can’t find a Labour backbencher who will support Blair.
  • David Miliband is backtracking on statements made at the weekend.
  • No-one’s paying any attention to Blair’s policy statements that he’s making today.
  • There are rumoured to be two more letters in circulation calling for Blair to go sooner rather than later.

Tony, when it became clear that you were more interested in changing the history books than in changing the country, you lost all the support you’ve ever had.

He might stay in power for a few more months, but as Michael Brown of the Independent has just said on BBC News 24:

What was a ‘lame duck’ Premiership has just become a ‘dead duck’ Premiership

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  1. Gareth Herbert

    The funniest thing I’ve seen in this whole debacle was on newsnight tonight was watching a whole host of political figures close to Blair come up with a whole host of phrases to mean the same thing when responding to the question as to whether or not Blair would leave within a year. Hilary Benn: “It’s the working assumption”, David Milliband: “It’s the conventional wisdom”, Hilary Armstrong: “The perceived wisdom is…”.

    It’s like they were all given the same briefing sheet only they had to come up with their own little phrase so the whole charade didn’t look quiet so organised. Of course they failed miserably, so much so that the whole notion that Blair himself didn’t have a hand in this is paper-thin at best, if that is, it was ever even intended to be anything more than that.

    I think Blair is almost finished politically, but not quite – he’s a truly remarkable political operator and he always seems to have a little something left. As for him being at the end of his premiership (for me they are separate questions) I would say that he has weathered rougher storms than this and quite frankly I can’t see what else the parliamentary labour party can do other than be patient.

    06 Sep 2006, 02:39

  2. Gareth Herbert

    Well I managed to pretty comprehensively misread that – lol.

    07 Sep 2006, 21:00

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