By Ray Flemming
TONY Blair lives in two worlds. One is the world of his own making where he continues to function as a fully engaged prime minister pushing ahead with all manner of reforms and looking forward to the EU summit and G8 meetings in the summer.

The other side is the real world where his government is floundering leaderless and he is personally under pressure on a range of matters from a police inquiry into cash-for-honours to the disastrous debacle in Iraq.

In his interview by John Humphrys on a BBC programme yesterday Mr Blair chose mainly to occupy his dream world of progress and achievement and he was able to use the ongoing police investigation as a reason why he could not possibly answer the calls for him to stand down. “It wouldn't be a very democratic way of changing the prime minister,” he said, and he was right to say that no charges have yet been brought by Scotland Yard.

Yesterday's interview was largely confined to domestic issues, with a second to come on international matters.
Mr Blair was almost convincing on the success of his government's reforms in education but he had a much harder time justifying the huge sums of money spent on the National Health Service.

Occasionally there were glimpses of the passionate Blair of 1997 which, however, served only to emphasize how many of the hopes of ten years ago remain to be realised.

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