A lot has happened during his ten years. Just off the top of my head:
- Three sequential election victories
- Devolution in Scotland and Wales
- Beckham being Beckham
- An economic boom, recession, and recovery
- Continued problems with the health care system
- Various European Union developments
- Reorganization of the House of Lords
- The rise of reality TV
- Kosovo intervention
- The death of Princess Diana
- The cash-for-honors scandal
- The emergence of global warming as a major political issue
- Kylie Minogue's breast cancer
- Millennium festivities
- Hoof-and-mouth disease crisis
- The Pinochet arrest
- Ken Livingstone as London Mayor
- London chosen to host 2012 Olympics
- A new settlement in Northern Ireland
I'm sure I missed a few things.
Of course none of this matters. For the next generation, the Blair years will mean one thing: Iraq with its "sexed up" dossiers, David Kelly's suicide, being mocked as Bush's poodle, alarms, arrests, and tightened security. After thirty years, Nixon's presidency is still defined by that "third-rate burglary." Blair faces the same problem.
Blair's still fairly young; he might live to see some broader perspective emerge on his term in power. But I wouldn't count on it.