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Chris Vallance | 12:15 UK time, Thursday, 10 May 2007

The Prime Minister has given notice saying he will step down on June 27th. Labour's Kerron Cross has been disecting the coverage in a wonderful little essay:

But is it me or are all these flashbacks to ten years ago and these political tributes to Blair all a bit Time Trumpet?

How ironic! I'm just watching Time Trumpets Armando Iannucci interviewed on College Green on News 24

While the media circus spins at high speed, Conservative Iain Dale does his best to to make sure bad news doesn't get burried and trumpets the interest rate rise. In a similar vein Labour supporting blog Recess Monkey notices that more information about the cost of ID cards has emerged out today, "Thank god there aren’t any other big political stories today eh?"

Meanwhile former Tory spin doctor now Times Columnist Danny Finkelstein is running a comment central vote for the best satirical video. "Should I stay or should I go" is a marvel of video editing.

On a more reflective note a Labour councillor, on his blog Blogging4Merton, remembers 1997.

The best bit was of course Portillo getting defeated along with the reaction of surprise by Stephen Twigg, no one had really predicted his demise, and bearing in mind he was then the poster boy of the Tory right it was an exhilarating moment. Also the scene from Putney from supporters of Jimmy Goldsmith was pretty hilarious along with the comments made by David Mellor about Jimmy Goldsmith. Later on the part where Barbara Follet's campaign team in Stevenage could not open the champagne bottle provided some lightened up proceedings.

I suspect there will be many people like me who will read that and feel very old. Today also sees the launch of the new Labourhome website where many positive memories will doubtless be found, but there are supporters and opponents alike who are offering more mixed assesments. Lib Dem sympathising Hot Ginger and Dynamite points out the positive but isultimately disappointed:

His poll ratings once made him the most popular British Prime Minister in history, and despite it all, they have never sunk to depths that Thatcher’s or Major’s did. Perhaps discontent and a sense of betrayal are the inevitable consequences of any lengthy term of office - but it’s hard to escape the sense that somewhere along the way, Blair absolutely lost sight of the horizon.

Mixed feelings too by some bloggers within the Parliamentary Labour Party. Andy Reed MP writes:

I am sure on a wider reflection with the hindsight of history he will be looked upon favourably - but as someone who didn't reach the enormous potential he had in '97. I fear that is the reality of politics in the UK. People expectations grow faster than the reality of the challenges in the world around us.

All these views and more will doubtless be refelected in the rolling coverage. For a behind the scenes look at the gathered media, this piece of YouTube is fun. The voice on the tape sounds strangely familiar, but my memory is no doubt monkeying around.

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