Blair has to be one of Maggie's great achievements. Why did he have to move Labour away from the left and to the centre? Because Maggie had changed the political landscape.
Blair has asked to be remembered as an honest man. I do not doubt his sincerity but do not join with Dubya in lauding his integrity. He lied over the promised EU referendum. He has strengthened the special relationship and one is pleasantly surprised at his cordial relations with Bush after being such a friend of Clinton too.
Blair did nothing to rescue us from the ever encircling tentacles of the EU. At least he kept us off the Euro but we have more and more legislation from Brussels including the appalling human rights nonsense. He lost the rebate Maggie secured.
He has encouraged the break up of the Union by Scottish and Welsh devolution which gives benefits to the Celtic fringes at the expense of the English tax payer. He continues to let Scotstish MPs vote on matters which belong to England alone
He may be remembered for progress towards a more peaceable Ireland but will there be any lasting peace without justice. Where is justice when murderers walk free?
Iraq is the popular stick with which to beat Blair. I am not wielding it. I am for the overthrow of tyrants with or without the approval of that third world talking shop, the UN. I think he was sincere in his belief about WMDs. I think Saddam gor them out to Syria. However the future of Iraq was not thought through. I did not support him in Kosovo, an intervention that was of no relevance to the UK. I regret he saw no need to intervene in Sudan or Zimbabwe. He has been commended for his actions after 9/11. I believe neither he nor any other western leaders have the resolve to deal with the fifth column which is Islam in our midst. Islamism is an inherent part of this religion. It is a persecuting religion which must dominate. The clash of cultures is inevitable. Multiculturalism is a broken reed.
He sought to be a populist latching onto the appalling Diana sentimentalism with "the peoples'princess".
He destroyed the hereditary principle it he Louse of lords yet could find no solution to what to do with the upper chamber. His record on the misuse of the Parliament Act to overrule the Lords, especially on moral matters not part of the manifesto was a disgrace.
His press man, Campbell famously said they did not do God. Very true. Some fool hailed Blair as the most christian PM since Gladstone. Blair is not fit to carry the GOM's bible. he has a totally privatised religion which is never evidence by his voting record. Blair has promoted homosexuals and their orientation. Mandleson twice had to resign before he was pushed off to Brussels on the gravy train.
Blair gave us a lowered age of queer consent, civil parnerships and SORs. He will answer the the judge of all.
The economy has been safeguarded pretty well but he was given a good base from Major. A fine piece of sophistry raised National Insurance instead of income tax. Did that money ever go to the bottomless pit of the NHS?. Overall we have had huge tax increases. The state has grown. All professions are snowed under with paperwork. The dependency culture thrives. Students are forced into more and more debt.He wants more and more a police state EVERYONE CARRYINH AN ID CARD.
Immigration has been out of control, especially from the EU. Out of that bugbear is the only way to control our borders.
Blair has liberalised drinking, encouraged gambling and treated smokers as pariahs, as morally reprehesible as fox hunters.
He has moved the Conservatives to the left. His millennium celebrations were a disgrace to our history. He has promoted the nonsense of green taxes. He has restored to London a totally unnecessary tier of government. His party could not find a mayor better than the maverick Red Ken.
Blair chose old left for his deputy, a man given to violence and adultery, a man kept and defended by Blair. One of the best things about Blair going is Prescott's going too. Imagine him as a lord.
I shall be generous. Marks 2/10.