For a while now I have been trying to articulate my judgement over Blair’s decade in office. Unsurprisingly the PM does it for me. Read here (hat tip: Camillo). But especially the following passage says pretty much what I think about Blair’s achievements:
Social exclusion needs special focus. From 1979 to 1997 the incomes of the richest 20% in Britain grew faster (2.5%) than the incomes of the poorest 20% (0.8%). That has been reversed. Since 1997 the incomes of the poorest have risen faster (2.2%) than the richest (2%). However, this masks a tail of under-achievers, the socially excluded. The rising tide does not lift their ships. This issue of social exclusion is common throughout Western nations (emphasis mine).