November 09, 2005

Ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for Tony

So Parliament has handed Tony Blair the black eye that he deserves. From the BBC: "Tony Blair has suffered his first defeat after MPs rejected his plan to allow police to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 90 days. MPs rejected the plans by a bigger than expected margin of 322 votes to 291, before later backing a 28 day limit. The defeat came despite Mr Blair saying MPs had a 'duty' to support the police. Tory leader Michael Howard said Mr Blair should resign after failing to 'carry his party' but Downing Street says it was not a confidence issue."

As Enoch Powell famously observed, "All political careers end in failure." Blair should recognize that this now applies to him. The old Blair would never have allowed himself to get into this situation; one has to wonder whether he actually wanted to be defeated.

Posted by geoff2 at November 9, 2005 01:24 PM