"There may yet be an important item to add to Blair’s tombstone. President Jimmy Carter spent the night of January 19, 1981, sleeping fitfully on a sofa in the Oval Office, longing for news that 52 US hostages seized by Iran 444 days earlier would be released during this his last day in the White House. But the ayatollahs had one more humiliation in store for him. They released the kidnapped Americans only in the afternoon, minutes after the presidency had passed to Ronald Reagan. As Tony Blair enters his last 100 days he must wonder whether Tehran plans to belittle him in the same way. Will he bluster for the next three months, and then watch from the side-lines when the 15 hostages return, to be greeted on the tarmac by a beaming Gordon Brown, newly installed at No 10? "
Wouldn't that be the ultimate sign of Britain's weakness? Picture credit Conservative Home