Bliar is touted as a great statesman and leader. I think the opposite is true. The foundation of leadership is trust and the first principle of trust is truth. Bliar constantly exaggerates and lies to get his way, hates devolving responsibility to others, locks himself in a self-selecting clique telling him what he wants to hear, and he refuses to listen to other opinions, believing himself to be infallible. He tells others what they want to hear to avoid arguments - telling Dubya and Chirac/Schroeder differeint things regarding Iraq. Books will be written on this subject when the nation finally sees through this charlatan!