Blair for many is a bit of an emigma. He became Labour leader in 1994, two years after they narrowly lost an election they should have walked.
Blair, with Gordon Brown, set about a massive root-and-branch reform of Labour. Ironically, given the in-fighting, sleaze and incompetance of the Conservatives, it was probably not as necessary as it first appeared.
But here's the rub, many on the Labour left thought that 'New Labour' was a cosmetic exercise, but Blair really meant it.
With his massive majority in the 1997 election, Blair's plan for close links with the Liberal Democrats were scuppered.
Blair thinks, rightly IMHO, that the Conservatives had dominated 20th century British politics because the there were two centre-left UK parties, thus splitting the vote. The Liberals have been the third party, way behind the other two, since the 1920's.
In truth, Blair is a Social Democrat, rather than a democratic socalist like much of Labour.
But Blair saw how Thatcher was allowed to run rampant as Labour lurched well to the left in the 1980's.
Born in 1953, his Conservative father prospered and sent his son to a Scottish public school, which apparently Blair hated.
He did a lot a acting at school, which shows today.
In 1977, he started a legal career, where he met his wife. She was a much more active Labour member than him.
She failed to win a seat in 1983, Tony did.
He rose quickly in opposition, with his friend the current Chancellor Gordon Brown, who came from a more traditional Labour background.
In 1994, the two apparently did a deal, Blair would contest the leadership Brown had long coveted. They both knew that Blair was more acceptable to the English, than the Scot Brown, with his dour manner and workaholic tendancies. But as Chancellor, Brown has an unprecedented level of power in goverment.
Blair is often attacked for his soundbites, but when a major crisis, he comes into his own.
With a second landslide this year, admittedly on a low turnout, Blair's challenge is to reform and improve the UK's long-neglected public services and infrastructure. Brits like their NHS, and other services, but seem unwilling to pay for the levels of service they desire.
Blair has to square this circle, massive spending increases are coming on stream, but they take time. Blair is fustrated by the resistance in the Civil Service to change, hence his sometimes excessive hands-on approach.
It is Blair's good fortune that the Conservatives are an extreme right-wing shambles.
So, for our non-UK members, this is Blair.
A religious man, who is a social liberal.
The control freak, who has devolved more power than any other PM in modern history.
The polite man, who called the left-wing Scottish Labour press, 'unreconstrucuted wankers' (UK slang for self-abusers!)
The PM who has appeared on shallow talk-shows, yet reads extensively on history, philosophy and recently, the Koran.
The 'big-tent' politician, who has a dim view of much of his own party.
His wife is a very succesful legal figure, she wants to be a judge, not really possible while her husband is PM. This may decide how long Blair stays in power. Brown still wants the top job, too much for many.
There is at the moment no obvious successor, but you rarely see them coming.