The self-obsessed messiah: Blair's legacy


Tony Blair is still in office; but the carefully orchestrated transition to his post-Downing Street incarnation has begun. When his longed-for departure actually does at last take place, even his most severe critics (wishing to be seen as fair or balanced) will be saying that in spite of everything he was a superlative parliamentary performer, or in spite of everything there was Northern Ireland. Actually, Northern Ireland typifies something else much more powerfully: his inspired capacity for taking the credit for what others have achieved - William Oddie

The self-obsessed messiah: Blair's legacy