FORMER political leaders should command a certain respect, even from those who opposed them during their time in office.
I did not, and do not, like Margaret Thatcher, but I can nevertheless admit to respecting, even admiring her. I respect anyone who has had the skill to reach the highest (indirectly) elected office in the land, whatever their party.
With one exception.
Because I’m finding it awfully difficult to feel any respect for John Major these days. Every time he opens his mouth it is to criticise his successor(s). Maybe I’m old fashioned but shouldn’t former PMs be statesmanlike?
He was at it again today, criticising the government’s economic policy. I’ll say that again for those of you who are unable to suspend disbelief: John Major is criticising the government’s economic policy.
Yeah, I know.
The man who, as chancellor, pressured Margaret Thatcher into joining the euro European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) at an unsustainable rate, the man who then, as prime minister, presided over the chaos of Black Wednesday, the man who led his party to its greatest electoral defeat in nearly a century… is criticising the government’s economic policy.
What a joke. The man’s got no class.
Can you imagine Tony Blair behaving like that – touring the studios, pathetically eager for someone to pay him some attention?
I guess he’s still bitter, and no-one can blame him for that. But it’s bad form for former prime ministers to behave as a second rate attack dog – leave that to back bench bloggers and nurture your legacy…