Blair: nothing good comes easy…

Tony Blair opened his speech to the Labour party conference with Northern Ireland.

Amid all the change and progress since our first election victory, it was interesting to see in the film there the pictures of the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998, and then finally, yesterday, the completion of IRA decommissioning.

It has taken many years, and a lot of hard work, but every minute of every hour of every all-night negotiation will have been worth it if it brings lasting peace to Northern Ireland.

And there is a lesson from Northern Ireland. Nothing good comes easy. And in Government, whatever the noise around you, you just have to persevere with the things that really matter.

  • peteb

    “..will have been worth it if it brings lasting peace to Northern Ireland.”

    Hmm.. I’d prefer it if the stated objective was, specifically [and simply], a commitment to democracy..

    That’s the thing that really matters.

  • Robert Keogh

    I’d prefer it if the stated objective was, specifically [and simply], a commitment to democracy..

    Well eventually the unionist paramilitaries will get on board the peace train too.

  • peteb

    Robert

    Did I exclude anyone from that preferred objective?

    No.

    *sheesh*

  • Robert Keogh

    peteb,

    well they are the ones not exclusively committed to democracy so if you meant someone else I’m not sure who that could be.

  • peteb

    ffs

  • Occasional Commentator

    Is Tony so ungracious he won’t acknowledge that progress was made under John Major before him?

  • Ringo

    OC

    Is Tony so ungracious he won’t acknowledge that progress was made under John Major before him?

    In a leaders speech at a Labour Party conference? Its not really the place for acknowledging the last Tory Prime Ministers achievements, is it?