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The beginning of the end

When Tony Blair came to Downing Street, it was on an almost euphoric wave of public goodwill. Blair promised to clean up politics, and oh how we wanted him to succeed. How ironic that the issue that will probably ensure Blair goes sooner rather than later is that of sleaze. The arrest of Lord Levy (or Lord Cashpoint as he is known in New Labour circles) could hardly be more embarrassing to Blair. They are so close that they even play tennis together. Whilst it is fair to point out that Levy hasn’t been charged with anything yet, it is now hard to see how the police investigation can avoid the questions that must be directed to Blair himself. One US President famously had a sign on his desk which read ‘The buck stops here!’. In the process of awarding peerages, the buck stops with the Prime Minister. But if the police are going to question Blair, they will need to put their best inquisitors on the case. After all, even Jeremy Paxman struggles to get a straight answer from him!