On the Legacy of Tony Blair
Question: What will the legacy of Tony Blair be?
Jeffrey Archer: Hard to say at this early stage. He only was removed from office, or resigned from office a few months ago, a formidable prime minister, and a formidable politician, and I suspect the Labor party will regret losing him.
Question: In what state did Tony Blair leave Britain?
Jeffrey Archer: Well, a middle class Britain; we have taken over a very strong economy and he had left the same strong economy. He made some genuine, very brilliant reforms, and his record will bear watching what a saddened, what blot to that record or harm it is; Iraq.
The fact that he was so willing to--it looked to some of us just fall in line with President [George W.] Bush.
I think Margaret Thatcher would have stood out to President Bush and said, “So far a no feather.”
If you take away Iraq, which you can’t from the Blair Legacy, it is a very impressive premiership. But he would be settled historically; he will be settled with Iraq.
Recorded on: March 15, 2008.
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