Tony Blair hated ‘the responsibility’ of being Prime Minister – ‘Didn’t enjoy it’

Tony Blair suggests he would 'delay' his vaccine for a teacher

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Serving as Labour Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007, Mr Blair is the second longest-serving postwar premier after Margaret Thatcher. In an interview for BBC Radio 4, he explored how the role has changed over the last 300 years.

Mr Blair shared he “didn’t know if I enjoyed” serving as the leader of the UK.

He said: “I don’t think I did enjoy the job because the responsibility is so huge.

“Every day you’re making decisions and every day you’re under massive scrutiny as is your family.

“So I didn’t know if I enjoyed it.

“The paradox is that you start at your most popular and least capable and you end at your least popular and most capable.”

In other comments made in the interview, Mr Blair said being Prime Minister is “the only job I can think of in which the importance of what you’re doing is so immense and the requirement of experience for doing it is so nugatory”.

Mr Blair then compared taking on the role of Prime Minister to a fan being appointed as manager of Manchester United.

He told the BBC: “The first job I ever had in government was prime minister.
“I use the analogy of a football team.

“If you’re looking for the new coach of Manchester United and ‘I tell you what we’re going to find the most enthusiastic and persuasive fan we can find and put in him charge of the team’.

“People would say you’re insane.”

Also appearing on Radio 4’s programme, former Tory Prime Minister David Cameron shared an insight into the pressures.

He claimed: “I remember joking after a few months that you spend far too much time trying to find what the Government’s actually doing and quite a lot of time trying to stop it.”

He added: “I used to find during the day that I would often pop up and make a sandwich for lunch.

“Because you do need a bit of time to be able to be on your own and just think and just breathe.

“Just a few moments of peace at lunchtime and making a cheese sandwich and eating it alone.

“These were really valuable moments.”

In February, Mr Blair challenged Boris Johnson to embrace coronavirus vaccine passports.

The former Prime Minister said in The Daily Mail that jab certificates were the only way to “return to anything like normal”.

He added: “This is not about discrimination, or hostility towards those not vaccinated or tested.

“It is a completely understandable desire to know whether those we mix with might be carrying the disease.”

Mr Johnson also spoke on the BBC programme and praised Prime Ministerial aides.

He told the programme: “The great thing about being in Number 10, as I think probably any prime minister has found, is that it’s a job that is brilliantly supported by a massive team of people who have all evolved over hundreds of years into what is a big department of state now.

“And what you’ve got is a 18th century townhouse, rather beautiful.

“So this is an incredible institution that has evolved over time into this extraordinary centre of a G7 economy.”

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