Twenty years ago today Britain celebrated an election victory which brought the sparkling hope of New Labour and the youngest Prime Minister in a century.
It seemed anything was possible and, as the soundtrack to the party’s election campaign promised, things really could only get better.
In today’s Daily Mirror Tony Blair marks the anniversary of his epic 1997 landslide victory over John Major – with the extraordinary revelation he is returning to UK politics .
For a man who sparked huge anger – revulsion even – over his decision to follow America into war in Iraq, it is a bold move.
“This Brexit thing has given me a direct motivation to get more involved in the politics,” he passionately declares. “You need to get your hands dirty and I will.”
Yes, he’s back.
He sounds genuinely concerned for the country being sold a Brexit dream which may quickly turn into a nightmare.
“We don’t know yet what the final deal on Brexit will be,’ he says, full of the old Blair messianic vigour.
“We are advocating a very simple British common sense position, which is to say, ‘let’s see what the Tories come up with first’.
“Because there is a bit of the Tory Party determined to deliver Brexit no matter what the cost.”
And in a warning to voters, he adds: “The single market put us in the Champions League of trading agreements. A free trade agreement is like League One. We are relegating ourselves.”
But look a little closer and it becomes apparent Mr Blair’s new political ambition doesn’t begin and end with Brexit .
“We live in a world defined by change. There are cultural stresses, people are worried about immigration, the way their communities have changed, economic stresses, people are worried about the quality of their job… whether they will have a job. Conitnue from the source, Mirror.