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The Prufrock PM

The best is behind, and an end is in sight

By Matthew D'Ancona   October 2003

Martin Amis once remarked that, when you reach the end of your thirties, “you realise that you are switching from saying ‘Hi’ to saying ‘Bye.”’ It’s not that you are about to die. It’s just that you suddenly grasp you have turned the corner of life, to confront, not the imminence of mortality, but its inevitability.

I think that Tony Blair, to adapt the Amis aper?u to politics, is starting to say “‘Bye.” By this I do not mean that he is about to be toppled in a coup led by Clare Short, Glenda Jackson and Tony Woodley; nor that…

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