Monday, May 15, 2006

'Let's talk?' No, you listen, Mr Blair

Tony Blair has conceded that the criminal justice system has failed the British people. Launching the Government's 'Let's Talk' consultation exercise with the public, he bewailed the decline of respect in society.

All well and good, but listening to his speech, it seemed to me the sort of speech a new leader might make. It was a speech setting out a better vision of Britain, complete with all the rhetoric about reform. Above all, it was what I would expect from a man seeking a public mandate, and not one who has been in power for the past nine years.

At this stage in Blair's leadership, we should be expecting a valedictory speech, complete with a list of verifiable achievements. We should not be subjected to yet more meaningless consultation, complete with grand plans for the future. He should be telling us what he has done with the nine years we have given him. The tragedy of Blair is that, with a substantial Labour majority and the goodwill of the British public, he could have done so much. Instead, he has wasted his time and ours, and has now resorted to his favourite technique of soundbites and gimmicks. This time around, he is fooling no-one but himself.
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Blogger Chris Palmer said...

Tony Blair claims that his Government should be voted in on their "achievements" of the past. Wrong. A Government should be voted in for what they propose to achieve, not for living on past glories.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Bel said...

I agree entirely, Chris. However, Blair seems to rely on this sort of reasoning all the time. For example, part of the justification for Prescott's continuing pay and perks was the past 'work' that he had done before 4 May 2006.

5:25 PM  

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