A serious crisis in the Middle East, 150 MPs requesting a recall of Parliament, the unfolding of a possible large-scale terrorist plot in Britain, but no, Blair stays put on holiday. Not even John Prescott set loose seems enough to get him back. Although I must admit I always enjoy Prescott’s exploits, entertainment is needed at times like this.
There is also no doubt that in time of crisis it is always better to have politicians out of the way; however it is politicians who need to take responsibility for any response or lack of it.
I can’t help wondering why Blair is stubbornly still on holiday. One has every right to rest from a very stressful job, but it really looks like he is not taking recent events seriously. Is he escaping from a too harsh reality? Is he hoping that quiet diplomacy will do the trick? Maybe he just doesn’t fancy three hours wait to go through security at the airport. Whatever his motives, it seems to me that as a Prime Minister he is not taking Britain seriously.