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Wednesday, November 09, 2005
The Leader who lost
by Peter

No doubt about it, the defeat of the Blair 90 day internment proposals have put a smile on my face and a spring in my step.

First because we didn´t need this illiberal law.

Second because it can never be "glad, confident morning again".

Blair took off his tie and went on the television to argue for this. He dragged Brown and Straw halfway around the world to vote. And he was - convincingly - beaten.

A comment on politicalbetting sums it up pretty well:

Blair said this morning: “Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”

I’m sure a car to Buckingham Palace can be arranged for him to do the right thing.

Comment by book value — 9/11/2005 @ 5:13 pm

Well I don´t suppose it is going to happen just yet, but the sands are running out slowly but surely.

Two weeks ago we downplayed the significance of the smoking split.

A week ago we had the Blunkett downfall and the near miss.

Now we have this big defeat.

Blair seems to have come full circle over eight years in office. In his first term he was offering more or less liberal innovations in terms of devolution, incorporating the Charter of Human Rights into English law, freeing the Bank of England.

His second term was terrible in comparison, and the third has started in the same spirit. Browning's poem about the two Wordsworths - the young radical and the old conservative - has seldom seemed more apt.
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 6:04 pm  
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