I had expected the entire country to get out the trestle tables and bunting and hold street parties to celebrate the departure of Tony Blair, but they haven't. Perhaps people realise that the rest of the ministers and Labour MPs who voted for war in Iraq and ever more restrictions on civil liberties are still in office.
Meanwhile I have sent this to the BBC:
"Please stop covering Blair's departure as if it was a royal wedding: "Here's the car leaving Downing ST", "Here's the car arriving at Buckingham Palace" etc. Just rejoice that he's going and give us some real news."
There's a piss-up at St Stephens Tavern in Westminster tonight, come along.
Because we're comfortable. Almost everyone has roofs over head, electricity, gas, water coming out of appropriate outlets. Schools and hospital aren't perfect, but by many of the rest of the world's standards they're damn good. We aren't going to be invaded, we don't have epidemics of XDR TB, avian flu, HIV, we have reasonable freedom of speech, worship, to engage in commerce and association. The roads are reasonably safe, the trains ok. Life ain't bad, it could be better, we should be getting het up about civil liberties, but life isn't bad. That's why there's no street parties. Political change and uncertaintly thrives when times are hard. Right now, they aren't for the bulk of the population.
Perhaps they are trying to make up their failure to broadcast the whole of his last PMQs...
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