An extraordinary farewell
There were quite extraordinary scenes at PMQs (watch for yourself here), but not in the way I'd expected.
The House of Commons goes 'hear, hear', remember, it doesn't clap. If it claps, it doesn't stand for an ovation. It did both of those things for Tony Blair.
On all sides, MPs of all colours got to their feet spontaneously and applauded him as he walked out of the chamber, ending a Question Time quite unlike the one I suspect he was prepared for, and quite unlike the one that his backbenchers desperately wanted to see. They wanted a Thatcher-style bashing of the opposition - but David Cameron (as I mentioned previously) gave an extremely clever Parliamentary performance, sucking all the political heat out of the occasion.
It was more of a sentimental farewell than a long-awaited political bashing.