Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Goodbye, Hello

So Tony is gone. It's been an interminably long time coming, but today Blair stood down. Unfortunately for him, Iraq will probably be his legacy in the short to mid-term. Many people will also add cash for honours and the outbreak of spin to their conclusion that Blair was a failure (or worse). Whilst I was against the invasion of Iraq from the start, and don't think much of many of his foreign policies, I am a lot less critical of his domestic record. To put it simply, Britain is a better place to live (maybe even much better) than it was 10 years ago. Standards of living are higher, we have a national minimum wage, the NHS is in better shape (with, admittedly, a long way to go), we seem to be more tolerant, and you can eat a peanut Kit-Kat Chunky. I would rather have had Blair than any of the alternatives: Major, Hague, IDS, Howard, or Cameron. That lot are simply not Prime Ministerial quality. So, Tony, thanks and goodbye; I will forever be grateful for your invention of the Kit-Kat Peanut Butter.

And now we have Gordon. I wonder how long it will be into his tenure before people realise how much Blair brought to the table in terms of charisma? But politics is not all about personality: policy must be a little to do with it. Brown is talking the talk on what he intends to do in office: I wonder if he is going for a glorious 6-month blitz followed by an election? I reckon a lot of people like what he is saying, and he could be very successful if he pulls it off. He says that he always tells the truth: will he follow through? There has been talk of cross-party representation in the Cabinet. This would be healthy, and I hope that he does it. So step up and prove yourself, Gordon. Maybe by inventing a delicious chocolate bar.


Blogger Jenny said...

I have not had a Kit Kat peanut butter, but I bet I would LOVE it!!! I must check the stores here to see if it exists. Doubt it, though - we have different candy in our stores. Case in point: there is no possibility of getting wine gums over here, and we are impoverished because of it.

5:45 am  
Blogger Nev 360 said...

I didn't mind Blair, but I wonder how it would have been if John Smith hadn't unexpectedly died.

9:54 am  
Blogger swishfish said...

John Smith did seem like a good man, and would certainly have been PM. Would he have managed the channges to Labour and subsequent landslide victory though? "Old skool" Labour is n't quite as electable as New Labour.

11:09 am  

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