There were occasions when Tony Blair came over as so determined to pursue a particular course of action that he appeared inexplicably wilful. The leadership of Labour in Wales was one of those occasions: first he went with the disgraced Ron Davies, then the singularly unsuitable Alun Michael. All the time he appeared to be against the most obvious, and most popular candidate, Rhodri Morgan.
And now Morgan, who has just turned 70, has decided that there will have to be another leader, as he is to step down. His decade in this particular “top job” has attracted neither controversy nor scandal. He has been, and remains, genuinely liked and popular. The only question that, for me, remains unanswered is why Blair was so keen not to have him.
The example he also shows is that of being able to know when to go, to leave when still at the top, and to do so of his own volition.