“Don’t ignore the polls, but don’t be paralysed by them either”

It maybe an old truism, but Labour are going to miss Blair when he goes. His speech dealt directly fevered media speculation his wife Cherie’s alleged comment against the Chancellor yesterday, but saying at least he hadn’t had to worry about “whether his wife was going to run off with the bloke next door”. See also Nick Robinson and the Mandalson remarks). As a footnote there were only two, very brief, mentions for Northern Ireland, both in the past tense: devolution and relief from government from Whitehall (no hint of irony on his face), and the Middle East. In a combative reprise of his classic ’94 address he taunted the Tories for their alleged lack of decision. “My advice on the Cameron Tories: ‘get after them’!”Hmmm, wobbly legs at Central Office?