Saturday, June 24, 2006
Political wisdom is wasted on the politically doomed
"This is Blair beginning to bow out. These speeches are summations of his years in power and assessments of the problems that remain for the next generation of political leaders to solve. If the Bristol speech is any guide, they read like drafts of the later chapters of the Blair memoirs. The mere fact that the prime minister has begun to give speeches of this kind suggests that the countdown to Blair's departure from Downing Street has now begun. In that sense, even his bitterest critics should welcome them." —Martin Kettle on Blair's speeches on "Our Nation's Future"