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.