I've just been watching Tony Blair's monthly Press Conference. I honestly can't see the point of them. So far he has refused to answer at least eight questions in forty minutes. The BBC's James Landale even had to ask three different questions before Blair would given an answer. Blair keeps saying "I've answered that one before" or "I've said all I have got to say on that" or "I'm not going to say anything until the XXXX report is published". He just refused to give any comment a all on the potential takeover of the Stock Exchange by the Nasdaq. He said he didn't have his briefing folder in front of him. Surely we have a right to know if he thinks this is in general a good thing or not?
Why is the lobby being so supine? If he refuses to ask questions they have a simple choice. To lie down and have their tummy tickled, or to walk out. I think the answer is that Blair just doesn't care anymore. He knows he is on the way out and therefore it matters less if he refuses to engage with an issue.
Footnote: I was very surprised to see him avoid giving a view on who he backs to win the X Factor final on Saturday. Very unusual for him.