Its all chance. What I blog about, that is. Its not what I consider the most important issue of the day. Usually, there are plenty of others blogging about that. I just post about odd things that catch my eye, or amuse me. But occasionally, I blog about an important issue that I think is slipping under the radar without sufficient notice being taken of it. This week, it was the demolition of whatever reputation Tony Blair had left. That's because this week we learned a lot more about the 'Ecclestone Affair'.
As a result of a determined campaign by the media, most people who write and talk about this now seem to believe that Mr Blair intervened on behalf of Bernie Ecclestone to grant an exemption for Formula One motor racing to carry on advertising tobacco. And these people also believe that this was an exemption for the purpose of rewarding a donor to the Labour Party, in the expectation that there would be more loot to follow. Yet the then Prime Minister of Britain denied it in a highly public way, and went on television to inform us that there was no connection between his meeting with Mr Ecclestone and the extra million donated, and that he could never do such a thing because he was such 'a regular kinda guy'. There have been plenty of other examples where Mr Blair's integrity has been questioned, but nothing quite as damaging as this.
Last week, I spoke with the Lower Sixth at Caereinion High School about why young people are disillusioned with politics. Mr Blair is the best example I can come up with. If our Prime Minister is thought to have behaved in this way, and to have got away with it - with hardly a ripple of concern being expressed by the media, there's no surprise that politics is held in such contempt.