An opinion poll published today in the left-leaning Guardian newspaper showed that 60 percent of voters believed that the prime minister would be remembered as a force for change, though tellingly, not necessarily for the better. Less than half the public, 44 percent, think that Blair has been good for Britain.
That could change, however, once this charismatic and divisive figure leaves office.
Aaronovitch contended that "people will gradually come to recognize that an enormous amount has actually been done in the past 10 years. You can argue that it hasn't been sufficient, that it hasn't been as much as was promised but then, life's not perfect."
Even critics like Jenkins acknowledge that "people will miss Blair" eventually.
Blair's expected successor is the U.K. chancellor, Gordon Brown, described by Jenkins as "the antithesis of Blair in every way. He is gloomy, slightly malicious, vengeful and grudge bearing."
It sounds like some people are starting to miss Prime Minister Blair already.
The Associated Press contributed to this report