Going Ungently


IF NOT NOW, WHEN? The Prime Minister has said that he will hand over power before the next election

Nine years in office is long enough for public opinion to curdle on any politician, but Tony Blair's fall from grace has been particularly poignant. Last week, as he stonewalled reporters about exactly when he would depart 10 Downing Street and fielded clunky ripostes to the zingers of the new Conservative leader, David Cameron, he seemed a different man from the vigorous, fresh-faced powerhouse who rode a landslide to office in 1997. Only a year after winning Labour's first consecutive third term in office, he is being drenched in a storm of public disdain. "Blair should go and give a different...

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