On that sunny Friday morning back in May 1997 Tony Blair promised so much, but seven years later his premiership seems a huge disappointment. Why and how has he failed to deliver on the optimism of his early months? Peter Riddell goes behind the jibes about a presidential prime minister, control-freakery, the Third Way and 'phoney Tony' to anatomise why in the public services performance has signally failed to live up to expectations and the war against Iraq has left the premier embattled and mistrusted, even by many on his own side. An incisive and informed analysis of political unfulfilment.
Peter Riddell is assistant editor of The Times. His previous books include The Thatcher Government (1983), The Thatcher Decade (1989), Honest Opportunism (1993) and Parliament Under Blair (Politico's, 2000). His most recent book is Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush and the 'Special Relationship', which won the Channel 4 Political Book of the Year Award for 2003.