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Moderator reacts to announcement of Blair departure

“Tony Blair’s achievement in leading the United Kingdom for ten years is remarkable,” said the Moderator of the General Assembly, the Right Rev Dr Alan McDonald.

“Though the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, the attachment to American foreign policy, and the decision in favour of a new generation of nuclear weapons are all matters of great regret, I would rather concentrate on positives.

“The provision of undreamt of resources for education and the health service, and the speed with which the promise of devolved government was delivered in Scotland and Wales, should be a source of pride for him.

“Above all, history should remember him for the peace process in Northern Ireland.”

• Full story at the Church of Scotland.

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