(Soon to be followed by the case for). Tony Blair’s judgment lets him down when it comes to personnel decisions. His closest political adviser, Tony Mandelson, had to resign twice from Blair’s government over indiscretions (one of which would possibly have put an ordinary member of the public in jail) but was still rewarded with the post of EU Trade Commissioner. Now, a second key ally, David Blunkett, has resigned for the second time in a year. The Telegraph has the timeline. The charge of cronyism is hard to resist.