Friday, May 11, 2007

Goodbye Mr Blair

Finally he is leaving. Say anything you like about him, that man is one hell of a politician. He should have gone about 500 times by now, and is leaving at a time of his choosing, even having a baffling 8 week period of final leadership. Ultimately, while I have disagreed with the labour party on many things over the past 10 years, they've done a pretty good job so far. Indeed while most of their best acheivements could be claimed by Gordon Brown, the showmanship and debate framing skills of Blair are what got Labour doing so well. Not to mention the incredibly impressive feat of apparent peace in North Ireland... who'd have thought the power sharing government that has just started would be possible?

Sadly, of course, the one thing I cannot forgive Blair, that eclipses all the other failures is Iraq. Iraq was a miserable failure of a campaign, where ou objectives changed to suit Bush and Blair, and what we have been left with is an utter disaster in Iraq. Who knows whether there actually IS a solution to the problem now....

[actually, I'm not too hot on the whole eroding of personal liberties in the name of counter terrorism as well. This is part and parcel of the same package.]

Thanks to this I could not bring myself to vote Labour before, but with Blair gone, perhaps I might be able to...... I actually have vague hopes in Gordon brown, undoubtedly he will dash them, but you never know....


At 4:06 pm, Blogger Hilarious Catastrophes said...

I'm interested to see what Gordon Brown will be like. He's come up against criticism for being controlling. While that concerns me, I think he's a strong candidate and someone who will stick to his guns over policy, although, as he's shown, is willing to admit mistakes (i.e. small misjudgements in the Pensions...) He is completely different to Blair, which is what's needed in a change like this, and even though I'm not the most harsh critic of Blair, it's definitely time to change the face of British Politics. Blair made mistakes that the country will not forgive him for for a while...However, don't forget how Winston Churchill is viewed now, and there were plenty of people criticising him when he had to make his toughest decisions.


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