Ever since he anounced that he would not serve a fulll third term Blair's departure date has been much talked about. With a spait of bad headlines and a very bad local election results is Blair's time finaly up. I am not sure whether his dramatic cabinet reshuffle was an act that was supposed to restamp his autority (he is rumoured to have atempted to move Kelly and Straw after the 2005 election) or an act of desparation in wake of recent events. Brownite Mp's have been callling for a clear timetable of depature, the sooner he hands over the better. But knowing Mr Blair he will want to leave on his terms.