Saturday, May 12, 2007

Life After Number Ten- Rejoice!

As Tony Blair prepares to leave Downing Street, I spent this morning with his predecessor-but-one. Margaret Thatcher was in Fareham, near Portsmouth, for the first of many events marking the 25th anniversary of the Falklands campaign. She looked fit and well as I shook her hand during an impromptu walkabout, during which she was cheered and applauded by the crowds. After taking the salute at a march-past of veterans, she got back in her car, waving cheerfully to acknowledge the renewed applause. 17 years after her tearful departure from office, it was a triumphant occasion. Can you imagine a similar scene for Mr Blair in 2024? Thought not.

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