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Neither shy, nor retiring

Our ex-PM has achieved little since leaving No 10. EU rejection will make him more determined

By Anthony Seldon   December 2009

Tony Blair’s “friends in Europe” did little to support his bid for the top job

President Kennedy once envisioned the void he would face when he stood down thus: “I will find myself at what might be called the awkward age, too old to begin a new career and too young to write my memoirs.” Kennedy never faced that dilemma. But Tony Blair did. And as he comes to terms with his failed bid to be EU president, he will have another chance to solve the problem of retirement.

The British are not usually impressed by their former…

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