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Tony Blair can walk the talk—if he chooses 

still seems to have that Teflon touch. The are being very respectful as he leaves office to take up a new gig as a ; the House of Commons yesterday gave him a standing ovation after ’s Question Time. The image of Blair taking his own luggage on to the train gave him an everyman’s appeal. For a man who was so heavily criticized toward the end of his premiership, he has survived particularly well. In the words of , ‘I knew when to quit.’
   I don’t know of too many leaders who can switch jobs like this while maintaining profile and momentum. And the probably needs a celebrity helming it—you can’t get better than a relatively young former PM who knows spin a little too well. I’m sure this was exactly what was thinking of when the idea about Blair taking up the post was first hatched.
   Regardless of whether I like the man or not—if I look back 10 years I firmly did not then, based on his interviews in 1996–7—he does at least address a complaint I have with so many . I see them leave office and go on speaking tours. They have fabulous ideas and you wonder: if they are so fabulous, why didn’t they do them when they were a national leader rather than an after-dinner speaker? Was the office that ineffective? makes far more sense today than he did when in office and his speeches are amazing.
   This time, Tony Blair may get a chance to implement some of these post-PM ideas, rather than just talk about them as his predecessors did.
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