We took time out in the office today to watch Tony Blair's resignation statement on TV. Like every office, we are a politically mixed bunch, but no-one shed a tear. It was quite an odd speech in many respects. Blair was unapologetic, unemotional and pretty disingenuous. In fact, the ticker across the bottom of the screen that first reported Jose Mourinho's blast at referee Graham Poll and then the Bank of England's interest rate rise to 5.5% encouraged more conversation that the content of Blair's speech!
I don't need to be out long on the doorsteps to get the feeling of disappointment from ordinary people who had once believed in Tony Blair and the New Labour project. Looking around them they see their local hospital A&E under threat of closure as well as other cutbacks in their health services; an increase in violent crime but policemen tied to their desks rather than out patrolling the streets; tax rises impacting on their take home pay and savings and yet little evidence as to where it has all gone; chaos in our immigration system, and prisons so full they are bursting at the seams.
The worrying thing is that Blair's departure leads to Brown's arrival...be afraid, very afraid!