I cannot believe, especially after seeing the recent interview with Tony Blair, that I voted for these idiots. They had never run anything, let alone a country. How could I vote for policies without any question as to the capability of the people behind them to actually implement them! That was in 1997 – at least I have mended my ways an no longer vote at all!
The Third Man’s most interesting discovery isn’t that Mandelson is just not very smart, ever, but that Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were never on the same wavelength. In brief, the first 5 years were wasted and by the time Tony Blair realised what needed to be done Brown was in a position to thwart his every attempt at actually implementing a progressive policy.
Finally, how could such a man as Mandelson be any near the corridors of power? OMG.
What does reassure me though was Blair’s admission when speaking to Andrew Marr that pragmatism rules, not ideology! He came as an ideologue and left as a nobody pelted by crowds. I have invented an old maxim “If you have 5 years in Government, just pick one thing and do it well”. We remember Churchill for war, Atlee for the welfare state, Thatcher for market liberalisation etc..
What doesn’t reassure me is that neither Cameron no Clegg seem to have actually managed anything in the real world either.