... but we'll have to wait until 27th June to be shot of him finally.
John Prescott is standing down as Deputy Prime Minister at the same time.
It's a good day. On the other hand we'll most probably have Gordon Brown as our next Prime Minister - oh, joy!
Blair wasn't all bad, of course; he supported the policy of getting rid of Saddam Hussein and his sons from positions of power in Iraq. More or less everything else he did (with a very few exceptions) was wrong, or flawed, or misconceived. Some people, many people, of course believe it was his policy on Iraq that was the worst 'crime' of the lot; I don't agree with that judgement. However it did sow the seeds of his massive loss of popularity over the past few years - as I mentioned quite a while ago now - and if the only price to be paid for getting rid of the odious Ba'athist regime in Iraq has been unpopularity and political oblivion for Tony Blair (and for George W Bush in due course) then I am not overly concerned; indeed I regard it as a beneficial side-effect of pursuing his one worthwhile policy. His role as a sort of useful idiot performed a helpful function and, now that he has become tiresome in the extreme, he has realised his next useful action is to remove himself as Prime Minister.