Michael White reckons Blair’s close management (and, possibly more importantly, his substantial investment of political capital) in Northern Ireland’s Peace Process is what has paid off. He thinks George Bush should be watching closely, and learning lessons.
At Hillsborough he once promised to micro-manage the Middle East peace process as closely as Tony Blair has done Belfast’s. He didn’t mean it. As Condi Rice heads east (again) he may do now.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty