Sunday, December 24, 2006

Life on Planet Blair

"Blair will leave Downing Street with the Labour Party in ruins, a vast swathe of progressive opinion in near-despair, public servants demoralised, minority communities increasingly disaffected, sleaze rampant and civil liberties in greater danger than at any time since the repressive legislation of the early nineteenth century. The suggestion that Blair's 2005 victory elevated him to a prime ministerial super-league would be risible if it weren't tragic. He scraped back to Downing Street with 35 per cent of the popular vote and not much more than 20 per cent of those eligible to vote. If that is a triumph then Waterloo was a victory for Napoleon and Stalingrad for von Paulus." —David Marquand

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