Can Blair Deliver?
The split between Prime Minister Tony Blair and traditional Labour party constituencies continues to widen. Former Scotsman editor Tim Luckhurst writes that Blair's unwavering support for Bush's Iraq agenda may be the least of his problems. Most Britons don't like the idea of Blair as Bush's foreign policy lap dog, of course, but what they like even less is an inefficient National Health Service, teachers going on strike, and trains that don't run on time. Blair was supposed to be the man who could reform the nation's public services by slitting the difference between the pro-union left and the pro-privatization right. The country's still waiting.