I expect that Tony Blair will survive this week but I doubt that he will survive too much longer as Prime Minister. I never considered myself a Blairite but I did admire the Prime Minister. I thought he was the person who could take Britain into the 21st century and stop the rot. The day he marched into Number 10 with George Michael's Things Can Only Get Better is still fresh in my memory. Everyone seemed to like him. Even Margaret Thatcher appeared to have soft spot for Tony. It was like he had won a mandate for change. A breath of fresh air after the awful reign of John Major. To some extent he has been successful. Devolution in Scotland and Wales appears to have stopped the growth of nationalism; the economy continues to outperform the rest of Europe, Britain's position on the world stage has grown. But what has been Blair's downfall is that he has lost the trust of the public. Over Iraq I trusted the Prime Minister because after all, if you can't trust the leader of the country then you might as well pack up and go home. But what is becoming increasingly clear is that he was rather liberal with the truth on Iraq. I am not saying that he lied, I am saying that he didn't tell the whole story and that is why he must go. Blair is probably one of Britain's finest politicians of recent years. Llike him or hate him, you can't help but be impressed with his speeches and the way he gets his message across. But quite frankly, and despite all his great skills, he has reached a position of no return. Is it a shame? Yes, it is, because he probably was the right man for the job and losing an able politician is always a blow. If and when he steps down, part of me would be sorry to see him go but on the other hand he must go. I, and probably most of Britain, don't trust him any longer. He has lost that vital bond which must exist between the electorate and the elected leader.
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