BYE, TONY….Tony Blair is apparently ready to end the guessing game and announce his retirement:

Mr Blair, who was campaigning for the Scottish parliamentary elections in Edinburgh, told party supporters: “Within the next few weeks, I won’t be prime minister of this country.

“In all probability, a Scot will become prime minister of the United Kingdom.”

If Blair sticks to this, it means Gordon Brown will be the new PM by the end of May. Brown has never been much of a fan of the Iraq War, so presumably this change means that the British withdrawal from Iraq will proceed, if anything, on an even quicker pace than before.

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