Blair To Resign After Losing Support For Iraqi War and His Backing of US Foreign Policy – Brown May Bring British Troops Home

Blair Resigns After Losing Support For Iraqi War and His Backing of US Foreign Policy – Brown May Bring British Troops Home

British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, says he will be stepping down as PM within the next 12 months. There has been intense pressure for Blair to step down in an effort to end the infighting. This pressure has been fuelled by anger over his handling of foreign affairs. A report from the UK Guardian has suggested that Treasury chief, Gordon Brown, will be the next Prime Minister.

A recent poll conducted for a UK news station found that 58% say they want the premier to step down before local elections next May. Blair has not set a timetable, but said he planned to do so at a future time dictated by the "interests of the country".

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Blair does not exercise any “real power” anyway. He became a lame duck before the 2005 general election, when he said that if he was put back in at 10 Downing Street, he would not contest another vote. Comment on this Article at our Forum

The BBC reports that there has been a cloud of “furious speculation” for the last 48 hours leading up to Blair’s announcement. They report that Development Secretary Hilary Benn said statements from Mr. Blair and Gordon Brown had "cleared the air".

But there may still be some confusion. Newcastle North MP Doug Henderson, said the public was still unclear as to what exactly was going on. According to the BBC report, allies have suggested Mr. Blair will announce a timetable early next year and hand over power in May.

The story is not all about Blair’s slide from power though; but also about Browns ascension to power. The New York Times reports that Blair and Brown can not stand each other, but have remained together nonetheless. “They hate each other — really, madly, deeply,” said William Keegan, the author of “The Prudence of Mr. Gordon Brown.” “It’s been a peculiar bad marriage.”

New York Times reported Alan Cowell says there is a specific reason for Blairs decline in poll numbers. The Prime Minister has lost his popularity because he continued to back American policy in Iraq and the Middle East. It is not know what changes Brown will make in British foreign policy, but his political allies have suggested that he is eager to bring home British troops from Afghanistan and Iraq and would strike a more “independent stance”. Comment on this Article at our Forum

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

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