Despite handing over the position of Prime Minister to Gordon Brown almost a year ago, Tony Blair is still considered the most influential man in the UK, according to a new poll. In a survey of 1,000 business leaders, Mr Blair received 20% of the vote to find the nation’s most powerful people, closely followed by Mr Brown on 19%.
David Cameron came further down the list of the most influential men at fifth place, ranked after businessman Sir Richard Branson and News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch. The Queen was named the most influential woman in the UK with over 33% of the votes, followed by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 18% and Harry Potter author JK Rowling in third place with 11%.
What was surprising was that it was almost all of the political figures who featured highly, like Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher, are now retired from the roles they were known for. People do seem to get rose-tinted glasses after a while and perhaps Tony Blair is benefiting from that.