There are many of us who have—for nearly two years in my case; longer for a few others—concentrated on pulling apart NuLabour's actions and ridiculing their cheerleaders. Their every individual policy has been examined, digested and ridiculed by someone in the blogosphere for the last few years and, as the word has spread, we have served to educate others as to the iniquities of our government.
To be sure, this political blogosphere, this network of commentators, analysts and keyboard orators will be part of Blair's legacy; would the 'sphere have grown so quickly over the last few years had people not felt so stifled by the traditional media? Would the cross-party networking have occurred without the astonished indignation of people right across the political spectrum; ? NuLabour have managed to unite Old Labour, Liberal and Tory in a political 'sphere in which bloggers—on a great many levels and on a great many subjects—feel closer to one another, whatever political stripe they may be, than they do to their elected politicians.
Of course, as recent events have demonstrated, NuLabour cannot take all of the credit for this: the LibDems and Conservatives have also done stirling work in decimating, dismaying and discouraging their supporters. It is extraordinary, is it not, that I—until recently a life-long Tory voter (futile though that occupation has been in Scotland)—should have more fellow-feeling for a card-carrying Labour man than I should for the Conservative Party?
So, no; this is not Blair's legacy; it is a triumph of stupidity for all of the parties. I really cannot think of a more pithy but depressing summing up of Blair's legacy that that written by Matthew Sinclair MSc.
Finally, there is something unutterably, aesthetically, sad about the death of an institution with the history of the United Kingdom. I fail to see how anyone of conservative instincts could not feel heartbroken that in our lives, on our watch, the United Kingdom, the old House of Lords, the Law Lords and Britain without a written constitution may all have died. There are statues of four of the noblemen who imposed the Magna Carta at the corners of the chamber of the House of Lords, still watching over the monarch. One of their descendants is still in the house. After the best part of a millenia these long traditions are being broken.
This will be Blair's legacy: the sundering of the Union and the destruction of one of the finest countries in the world (I would say the finest, but maybe I am biased). I believe that Scotland will leave the Union very soon—whether that split is finally initiated by the English or the Scots is largely immaterial. It is, I believe, inevitable and so will end Great Britain, the 300 year old union which spawned some of the most important technological and social advances the world has ever seen.
This will be Blair's legacy: the destruction and debasement of the mother of Parliaments. The emasculation of the House of Lords, the ending of long tradition; the long line of peers who guarded against the imposition of illiberal and unworkable legislation ended and the Second Chamber reduced to a pale imitation of its past power. And so begins the near-unbridled rule of the party political system; truly we are ruled by the common.
This will be Blair's legacy: the destruction of Common Law, the replacement of civil servants with the concept of politicians as masters over, not enacters of, the will of the people; the increasing subversion of our law and our elected parliament by the Directives of the unelected Commission in Brussels; and, finally, the people viewed—overtly—as nothing more than useless idiots, mere voting machines weaned on the teat of, and at the last bribed by, the state.
This will be Blair's legacy: and it will reverberate down the years and decades.
This will be Blair's legacy: the rape, submission and tearing of our country.
This will be Blair's legacy: and I spit on his shadow and, in the years to come, I shall spit on his grave. May he die a long, painful and unmercifully lingering death.
This will be Blair's legacy.