A member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet said the British prime minister was likely to step down next year, and a newspaper trumpeted a report that advisers had drafted a detailed plan for his final days in office.
The Daily Mirror said the advisers suggested that Blair’s farewell tour should include visits to a number of cities and a round of media appearances.
The newspaper quoted the memo as saying: “As TB enters his final phase he needs to be focusing way beyond the finishing line, not looking at it.
“He needs to go with the crowds wanting more. He should be the star who won’t even play that last encore. In moving towards the end he must focus on the future.”
The amount of effort being put into this staged event is interesting. If only half as much time was spent planning an exit strategy for the Iraq War, they might not be in this predicament in the first place.