Tony Blair today bid an emotional final farewell to the people of Britain at his final Labour conference, thanking them and the Labour party for giving him, “the extraordinary privilege of leading you”. Mr Blair referred to his wife Cherie’s reported criticism of Chancellor Gordon Brown, joking that he wouldn’t have to worry about her running off with the bloke next door. According to some sources Cherie reportedly accused Gordon Brown of lying when he said it had been a privilege to work with the Prime Minister, although Mrs Blair and No. 10 spokespeople strenuously denied this.
I smiled to myself the day I was due to return home from Canada, when I overheard a member of our tour group phoning family in England. The first thing she asked was, “Is Tony Blair still in office?” I’m sure Mr Blair won’t be short of offers to help him pack up his belongings. Maybe he would have fared better if he’d stuck with his original career choice and become a rock star!