Brigitte Dusseau

Brigitte Dusseau

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair will celebrate 10 years in power next week, a landmark clouded by growing questions over his legacy as he prepares finally to stand down. The Iraq war and a "cash-for-honours" corruption probe over party funding both threaten to tarnish his image and overshadow Britain's booming economic success of the last decade.

    "Over there is the Protestant area. And there, behind the wall in the middle of the road are the Catholics," says Alan Hoy with a smile as he tells tales of Belfast's hardest working-class areas. His taxi carefully parked on the kerb, Hoy works for one of seven cab firms that now take the curious to north and west Belfast to explain all about what is still euphemistically called around here "The Troubles".

    The four British Muslims who carried out the London bombings a year ago remain to this day remarkable for having been, in many ways, unremarkable. Their extremist views were little known, and their violent intentions even less so. Britain was mourning their lethal handiwork on Friday.

    With Prime Minister Tony Blair entering his final years in power, the youthful David Cameron taking over the Conservatives and the recovering alcoholic Charles Kennedy toppled as Liberal Democrat leader, British politics is livening up after a long spell of apathy.

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing doubts on Thursday about how long he will last as Britain's prime minister, even as he vowed to forge ahead with controversial health and education reforms despite a stinging defeat on an anti-terrorism proposal. The Financial Times suggested in a front-page article that Blair had suffered "a devastating blow to his political authority".