Tony Blair is planning a trip to the U.S. as part of a globe-trotting farewell tour after announcing he will be resigning from office on 27th June. After a decade as Prime Minister, Mr Blair is finally bidding farewell to no. 10. However he is poised for an even more lucrative career and is set to earn a staggering £40m from book deals and lecture tours in the wake of his departure – nice work if you can get it! President Bush will play host to Mr Blair next week when he makes his last official visit to the U.S. Tony Blair has faced staunch criticism at home for his backing of Bush and the U.S. invasion of Iraq and actually referred to this in his resignation speech, saying, “Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right,” and “I accept that mistakes were made”. Critics believe that it was because of this that Mr Blair resigned from the premiership earlier than expected.
Meanwhile the race is now on to find Mr Blair’s successor with Chancellor Gordon Brown being the hot favourite to fill his shoes. We can only hope that whoever succeeds him, does a better job than Mr Blair for the sake of everyone in Britain.