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    Blair's record is mixed. He has got a good story to tell on the economy and to some degree on public services and social reform. He also has a positive record on some aspects of foreign policy, particularly British intervention in Sierra Leone.

    However, on the downside his government have consistently attacked civil liberties, but then this has often been true of Labour governments. It should never be forgotten that the Labour Party is not a liberal party. He has also pursued right-wing solutions to policy issues which have been of dubious success. And he has also had failures in foreign policy such as Iraq and UK relations with the EU. Even on environmental issues he seems to be stepping back from the strong positions he previously took.

    He is increasingly weak. Even the Deputy Prime Minister has critisised Blair's recent proposals for education reform. He will go at some stage in the next two years. If he doesn't go voluntarily it will come down to when his opponents think the damage caused by him remaining in office exceeds the damage caused by trying to remove him at a time which is not of his choosing.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. William Ewart Gladstone

    by uklibdems on Fri Dec 30, 2005 at 12:42:17 AM PST

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