It has been a good week for England’s Prime Minister Tony Blair. First his controversial plans for the introduction of ID cards were backed by MP’s. Then came the news that England was to become a “smoke-free” zone by next Summer. Finally came the news that Tony Blair had also won a key vote on the introduction of tough new anti-terrorism laws. Political analysts say this will help to reassert his authority. Wonders never cease. Maybe things are finally looking up for Mr Blair.
The next big test of his leadership will come in the next few months when Mr Blair tries to push through education reforms which are opposed by many members of his own party. It will be interesting to see what happens then. If things get really tough chancellor Gordon Brown is waiting in the wings.