2003 April 11 Friday
Tony Blair Emerges From War "Unassailable"

An easy victory with welcoming crowds has reversed Tony Blair's fortunes.

Just 23 days ago he was "reckless", "wrong" and, according to some Labour MPs, not long for Downing Street. But yesterday Tony Blair was the strongest prime minister in living memory.

The article quotes a cabinet minister saying about Blair "He's played a blinder." This is a British sports term for a great shot.

Blair is even popular with the Kurds.

"Hey, Hey George Bush and Tony Blair, well done," came the roar of the crowd at the foot of Erbil's Citadel. On bus windows a cartoon was pasted of Saddam falling into the dustbin of history.

Ann Clwyd must be pleased.

However, since he just turned 50 not all is rosy for Blair.

"I must be honest with you, I've been dreading 50," said Mr Blair. He added: "Funnily enough, I don't feel 50, at all. I suppose people always say this, do they?"

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 April 11 10:07 AM  Politics Anglosphere

Chris Sexton said at April 12, 2003 2:31 PM:

The war is far from over yet. The coalition forces could be there for the next two years.It is only the beginning. far too early to judge the effect on Tony blair.

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