FOR the first time I can recall, former premier John Major has emerged into the daylight to say something not completely negative about one of his successors. I’ve been deeply unimpressed by JM’s occasional forays into public discourse because they were, until now, invariably negative and bitter about Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.
He says GB has, in the past, received more praise than he deserved and is now receiving more criticism than he deserves. Perhaps he’s been put into a better mood by all those commentators and Tory politicians who have been trying to draw parallels between now and the dying years of Conservative government over which he presided. Pretty deluded stuff. Those tempted to draw too many conclusions should read Gyles Brandreth’s brilliant “Breaking the Code”, his Westminster diaries covering the years 1992 to 1997. Whatever difficulties the government is facing right now are as nothing compared with the disaster of the Tories under Major. Cheered me up no end.