I could not help the odd wry smile as Mr Blair's problems went into a vicious circle last week. I cannot think of anyone who better deserves to be put through what Mrs Thatcher and John Major had to endure. The difference was they both went quickly. Mr Blair (as of the time I am writing this column) believes he should hang on for another eight or nine months "in the best interests of the country". Tell that to the Marines, Mr Blair (if you can find any left in this country).