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Blair out; Brown in

Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

So, Mr Blair’s out. He’s swapped Prime Ministership to be Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern. Technically, at least. But really, he’s off to be an envoy in the Middle East. Because, of course, everybody respects everything Mr Blair’s done in the Middle East. Especially Iraq.

The best comment I’ve seen summing up Mr Blair’s premiership came, unusually, from Tony Parsons, when he was asked to sum up Blair’s ten years in ten words:

Somebody else’s villa in Barbados. Somebody else’s son in Iraq.

For me, it sums up perfectly the relaxed, celebrity, sofa-style of government – and the terrible ultimate consequence that’s overshadowed everything good he’s done. It’s pure Greek tragedy.

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Comments and responses

Comment from gary funston


    15.11, 28/06/2007

I just wanted to comment on how happy you must be, now that mad pats out of the cabinet. when I read the articles about her again, it was blatantly obvious how incompetent she was. Hopefully Alan Johnson can repair what damage she has caused, he certainly has his job cut out.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    15.48, 28/06/2007

Hi Gary! I’m glad that Mad Pat’s gone, but the promotion of the Miliblogger is astounding: He’s a first-rate idiot who’s spent the last few weeks insulting Mr Brown, and still ends up with a pretty top job. Why anyone thinks he’s a ‘rising star’ is beyond me.

The loss of Baroness Amos is a bad thing – she talks a lot of sense, most of the time.

And note that Blair’s burying bad news to the last, news of his latest questioning in a criminal trial coming out the day of the reshuffle.

It’s not all bad though. I’m relatively happy to see Jack Straw at Justice, Alan Johnson should be pretty good at Health, Jacqui Smith should make for an interesting Home Secretary (not sure whether she’ll be good or bad), and the lack of a Deputy PM can only be a good thing.

But one thing above all strikes me about this reshuffle: Doesn’t Ed Miliband look remarkably like Ernie?


Comment from gary funston


    18.10, 28/06/2007

🙂 you’re right he does look like ernie. Hopefully the country will be sorted out soon, especially Iraq and Afghanistan.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    20.07, 28/06/2007

Well, let’s hope so… but I’m not even sure what ‘sorted out’ means any more!




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