Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, June 04, 2004
"IT'S TIME NOT TO LICK ARSE", Tory leader Michael Howard would have advised Tony Blair, if Michael Howard had the mind of Mark Latham.

Lacking Latham's gift with language all Michael Howard could tell Blair was, 'speak out' to President Bush, and without a Christmas deadline.

The Tories support Britain's part in the liberation of Iraq, and don't want to cut and run, but they'd like to see some more aggro in the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Would that promote Tory policy goals? Hardly. It's just reflexive oppositionism and hatred of Blair.

And it makes the Tories appear as backsliding as Australian Labor, without offering even the false prospect of an early exit.