Friday, April 13, 2007

The rule of Blair is best characterised by mendacity

"Blair's iron grip on his party's loyalty invites the electorate's derision, now that his partnership with Bush has brought catastrophe. Many of us would admire Labour more had it forced Blair out when his follies and deceits were exposed. Instead, of course, we see cabinet ministers and backbenchers addicted to office and power. Where once a Labour MP's greatest fear was of betraying principle or conscience, today we see the Westminster herd trembling at the risk of losing their cars and red boxes, or the possibility of acquiring these wonderful things. Labour's quiescence, through these bleak years when Blair's foreign policy has brought Britain disaster, invites public contempt and, according to the polls, is receiving it." —Max Hastings

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