The Blair “demon eyes” poster devised by the Tories for the 1997 general election campaign, and reproduced here, failed because it came too soon.
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Corbyn refrained from mentioning Blair, but instead praised Cook for putting the case against the Iraq War.
But it is too soon to write his obituary.
The Prime Minister was in gracefully valedictory mode, while the Leader of the Opposition behaved like a not very articulate limpet.
But Westminster will have the urgent task of bringing prosperity to the Brexit-voting classes outside London.
The sun is shining, but the news has not yet sunk in.
To the last, the Prime Minister marshalled with tact his Lib Dem and Labour allies.
While on the Labour front bench, Watson smiles the smile of a man who knows he will one day have to get rid of Corbyn.
The Prime Minister also baffled the Labour leader, and enjoyed the support of the Boadicea of Bishop Auckland.
The former PM also attacks Boris’s “day trip to Damascus”.
But the deeper doubts of millions of voters, including worries about how to keep the UK together, are not addressed by this trading of insults.
The contest is also posing acute problems for the Scottish National Party, which is attempting to face both ways.
The Chancellor, who was standing in for the PM, sounded stiff, over-prepared and ungenerous.
Meanwhile Corbyn dismayed his own side by going on for far too long and refusing to take any interventions.
These futuristic gadgets can help fill a Queen’s Speech, but in real life, drivers will want to stay in control – at least for the time being.