THE historic third term for Tony Blair is also seen by British media as a battering for Blair because of Labours considerably reduced majority.
The headlines vary from Blair gets a battering to "Kicked in the Ballots as the Sun played on the word butt. The Mirror said Blair was given a birthday bashing. The Daily Mail addressed its readers, "Yes, you did give him a bloody nose! while the Independent called him, enigmatically, the "History Man.
Commentators agreed that he was soundly punished for lying about Iraq, which Blair practically acknowledged when on the night of victory, he said he would respond more wisely. Reg Keys, whose son was killed in Iraq, pushing him to stand for election against Blair in his own constituency (and winning by more than 4,000 votes), hoped in his heart that one day the prime minister will be able to say sorry.
Keys somehow got his apology inasmuch as observers predict that Blair would not stay PM for more than two years, although he said he would stay the course. He still has …