Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, left Downing Street yesterday after a farewell world tour and will now, no doubt, join the international lecture circuit where he will be offered bags of gold for his memoirs.
In the Times Online site, Peter Stothard assesses the man’s legacy in as fair a way as possible.
We all know enough about his disastrous foreign policies, slavishly following the lead of the Bush gang in the USA, committing us to violence and needless bloodshed abroad and attracting increasing terrorist activities at home, but his domestic policies and their results are less widely publicised:
His final marks at home?
Anyone with a liberal social agenda, the money to keep their children out of state schools, a modest preparedness for home rule in Scotland and Wales, the need for cheap immigrant labor and the liking to live in a famous country under a famous leader has felt five-ways blessed.
Anyone who hoped for a transformation in schools, a sensibility to the countryside, civil liberty, tradition and a better sense of urban safety feels five-ways robbed.