Thursday, August 03, 2006

Talk to the organ grinder, not the monkey

Organ grinder"In spite of the disasters he has wreaked abroad, in spite of the growing scandal and incoherence of his performance at home, Mr Blair is still a consummate politician. How else can one explain the failure of his party to do the decent thing and get rid of him? Why else does it still appear as though he alone controls the timing and circumstances of his departure? One day we may feel sorry for Mr Blair for the damage he has done to his place in history and to himself. But that moment is not yet. For now, he should no longer attempt to stand upon the order of his going, but go. At once." —Rodric Braithwaite, UK ambassador to Moscow 1988-92, foreign policy adviser to John Major and chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee

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