Долгое прощание Тони Блэра

В начале 1999 года Пэдди Эшдаун, в то время являвшийся лидером Либерально-Демократической Партии Великобритании (и с тех пор являющийся послом ЕС в Боснии как лорд Эшдаун), был уличён в связи с женщиной, не являвшейся его женой, из-за чего был вынужден оставить свою должность. В своих дневниках он рассказывает о своей просьбе к премьер-министру Тони Блэру сообщить ему заранее о своём намерении уйти в отставку:

«Блэр сказал: «Уходить – это самое трудное в политике. Слишком многие задерживаются слишком долго. Я бы лучше ушёл в такое время, чтобы люди сказали: «Почему он уходит?», чем когда они станут говорить: «Почему он не уходит?» или, что ещё хуже: «Когда же он, наконец, уйдёт?». Надеюсь, что смогу поступить именно так».

Здесь кроется какая-то глубокая тайна: самый опытный и умелый политик, очевидно, уже долгие годы точно знал, что не следует делать, уходя в отставку, однако он решил проигнорировать свой собственный совет.

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