Why You'll Miss Tony Blair

He is leaving Downing Street as an unpopular failure. He deserves better

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair

When Tony Blair was elected to Britain's House of Commons in 1983, he was just 30, the Labour Party's youngest M.P. Labour had just fought and lost a disastrous election campaign on a far-left platform, and Margaret Thatcher, fresh from her victory in the Falklands War, was in her pomp. The opposition to Thatcher was limited to a few ancient warhorses and a handful of bright young things. Blair, boyish Blair, quickly became one of the best of the breed.

Nobody would call Blair, 54 on May 6, boyish today. His face is older and beaten up, his reputation in shreds....

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