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Tony Wept

by | 1st, October 2003

‘“I AM the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to a third term except through me.” So spake Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday in Bournemouth.

‘Five more minutes!’

Or, as the Times headline has it, “Trust Me, Trust Me, Trust Me”.

The reaction from the scribes to Blair’s sixth party conference speech as Prime Minister is generally positive, but far from adulatory.

They have seen it all before and they are no longer taken in by Blair’s Messianic prose.

“It will be remembered as the speech when Tony Blair almost cried,” says Simon Hoggart in his Guardian sketch.

“It was a classic New Labour moment: the leader moved to tears by his own rhetoric. We’ve had the self-basting turkey and the self-cleaning oven. Yesterday, we got the self-watering speech.”

The Independent notes that Blair received a seven-minute standing ovation after his speech, but also a two-minute ovation

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