It seems very likely that Tony Blair will be confirmed as the Group of Four's Middle East Envoy later on today or tomorrow. We should ignore the deep irony of the man who invaded Iraq being an envoy for peace in the Middle East. In my opinion, it is a role in which is uniquely qualified to succeed. Anyone who brought peace to Northern Ireland has to be a candidate for such a post. He may have done it by some means with which I vehemently disagreed, but few can argue with the end result. In addition, whoever holds this post has to have the confidence of the United States President and the Israeli government, and we know he has good relations with the Jordanians and Syrians.
I for one wish Tony Blair well in his new job. At least he won't have that awful period of 'nothingness' which has afflicted most Prime Ministers when they leave office. Whatever the differences we may have politically he does have some unqiue achievements to his name over the last ten years and he has been a formidable leader of the Labour Party. But he has led a party which is glad to be rid of him. They know not what they have done.
UPDATE: The Reverend Ian Paisley has just asked a very moving question to Tony Blair at the end of PMQs. He expressed the hope that he could do for the Middle East what he did for Northern Ireland. When it comes up on Hansard I will post it here.