The Fifth Man
Whatever his faults, Tony Blair will certainly be counted as one of the four or perhaps five great British prime ministers of the last hundred years.
Allan Mallinson in The Spectator asks if this line is “satire”, but there is a much more interesting question: who is the fifth prime minister? The others are, presumably, Lloyd George, Churchill and Thatcher: but who gets Powell’s “perhaps” slot? Probably not Attlee, patron saint of old Labour.
Portrait of H H Asquith by Andre Cluysenaar (1919)Tagged in: contemporary history, jonathan powell
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