Thursday, 30 September 2010
WILL HISTORY GIVE BLAIR THE SAME STATURE AS THATCHER?
Will history treat Blair as kindly as Maggie Thatcher? There are similarities. They both took us into two wars, For Thatchers part it was the Falklands and the first Gulf War. Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan. Although in Thatcher's case it was to engage aggression, Blair's were purely for oil. Both fought terrorists. Thatcher, the IRA, Blair, Al Qeada. Both had scandals involving bent politicians, I.E. them all.
There are differences too. Blair resigned although he was nudged gently out. Thatcher was axed by the men who she trusted. Blair has used all his time since his retiral to enrich himself and his family. Thatcher retired to private life having given her best to the country. Blair's Government left us in financial disarray ultimately through loose regulation of the Banks. Thatcher's Government understood the economy and left us with an economy in excellent shape. Blair is hated by the right, Thatcher by the left.
But the main difference IMHO is, that Thatcher was a Stateswoman and Blair was a criminal.