I remember the good old days, when the Soviets were losing their Premiers every other year due to advanced age. You saw decent funerals then, with lots of intrigue about who was there and who wasn't. The Chinese put on a good show as well - one of their top brass who had fallen into disfavour was recently buried incognito, as he was still seen as in disgrace. So what happens when an ex-Cabinet minister dies, tragically young(ish)? Who should attend? Is it acceptable for his former leader in government to miss the funeral? Would anyone on this website fail to attend the funeral of an esteemed ex-colleague, even if the relationship was not always straightforward? Is Bliar really such a twisted little sh!t that he will spurn the funeral of a close colleague? Why? Is it because he has such little regard for concepts such as "honour" and "duty"? Or is it because it will be easier to stage-manage a later Labour memorial service? Or is it, as I suspect, for both reasons? The man is clearly beyond the pale and unfit to hold any office or responsibility.