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Tony Blair says he did not enjoy being Britain’s prime minister

former prime minister Tony Blair, who has said he did not enjoy being the UK Prime Minister due to the huge responsibility it entailed. Issue date: Friday April 2, 2021. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/dpa
former prime minister Tony Blair, who has said he did not enjoy being the UK Prime Minister due to the huge responsibility it entailed. Issue date: Friday April 2, 2021. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/dpa

(dpa) – Former British prime minister Tony Blair has revealed he did not enjoy his time in office.

Blair, who served three parliamentary terms from 1997 to 2007, found the responsibility “so huge,” which led him to feel dissatisfied.

He gave the comments as part of a new BBC programme which outlines how the role of prime minister has changed over the last 300 years.

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

“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.”

Blair was deeply popular when initially elected into office in 1997.

But after his decision to enter British troops into the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he lost the public’s confidence and later stepped down, making way for the then chancellor Gordon Brown to take over.

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The BBC programme also spoke to former prime ministers David Cameron and John Major and the current incumbent, Boris Johnson.

Cameron said he found the prime ministerial office “very small and underpowered” compared to the other state departments.

“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,” Cameron added.

The first programme is scheduled to air on Friday as part of a series of three.

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