布莱尔漫长的告别

1999年年初,当时的英国自由民主党领导人阿什顿 (自此以后就是欧洲驻波斯尼亚特使阿什顿勋爵) 被发现和一名不是妻子的女子在一起而被迫辞职。他在日记中描述了要求布莱尔首相提前通知他辞职的打算。

日记写到:布莱尔说道:“在政治中,离开是最为困难的。太多的人呆得太长。我宁愿在人们说“他为什么要走”到时候停止工作,而不是在他们说“他为什么还不走?”或者更为糟糕地说“他什么时候走人?”的时候停止。我希望我能够用同样的方式结束首相生涯。”

这就让我们一直迷惑不解。很明显,这位手腕最为灵活的英国首相多年来一直知道在安排离开的时候不要做哪些事情,然而,他还是选择不理睬他自己的建议。

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