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Press feeds on Blunkett departure
Most sections of the British press displayed some level of personal sympathy for David Blunkett, following his resignation on Tuesday.

But while many agreed the crumbling of his career was a personal tragedy, not all commentators mourned his departure from the front benches.

However a number of those who disagreed with his policies, such as the Daily Mirror, believed he would be back.

"He was a big man capable of doing a big job," said its leader column.

'Revenge'

Paul Routledge, writing in the Mirror, was less kind, saying political good could come from the resignation.

"Blunkett's hideously right-wing agenda on law and order could be another casualty of this crisis," he hopes.

But Mr Blunkett still has much to offer public life and should not be written off, according to the Times.

Inside the paper claims Kimberly Quinn's orchestrated her ex-lover's downfall, with the headline "Revenge is a dish best savoured in silence".

'Ironic'

The former home secretary was a "Man Who Loved Too Much", declares the Daily Mail's front page headline.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of both parties the fact is in a "Cabinet of pygmies" Mr Blunkett was a giant.

While stressing it never called for Mr Blunkett's resignation, the paper hopes he will return to public life.

Referring to the ongoing paternity battle with Mrs Quinn the Daily Express accuses Mr Blunkett of "shamefully" dragging "his baby" into the mess.

'Epic tragedy'

The Financial Times finds it ironic the departure was forced by the very newspapers that so keenly backed Mr Blunkett's "populist" measures.

The sentiment is summed up in its leader headline: "He who lives by the Mail dies by the Mail."

But for the Sun the blame lies with Mrs Quinn - "Destroyed by the woman he Loved" screams its front page.

"This epic tragedy has it all. Love, lust, revenge and betrayal," concludes the paper.

Biography comments

Less empathy can be found in the Daily Telegraph, which broke the original visa claim story.

"As a human being Mr Blunkett deserves great sympathy. As a statesman he does not," believes the paper.

His resignation letter made it clear the public had been misled from the outset, it claims.

Like many papers, though, it attributes his final downfall to the comments made about Cabinet colleagues in a biography by Stephen Pollard.

'Socially tolerant'

The Independent says it has never been sympathetic to Mr Blunkett due to his "profound illiberalism" and says his exit could spell good news for the UK.

The government ought to now "ditch the headline-chasing tactics favoured by Mr Blunkett and embrace a more socially tolerant agenda", says its leader.

In the Guardian Roy Hattersley agrees it is not a political tragedy.

He disagreed with the ex-home secretary's policies and "loathed" the philosophy behind them.




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