I couldn't help feeling TB [Tony Blair] was rather relishing his first blooding as PM, sending the boys into action. Despite all the necessary stuff about taking action "with a heavy heart," I think he feels it is part of his coming of age as a leader. —Lance Price, former deputy director of communications,
in his diary before it was censored by the British government, as related by
I couldn't help feeling TB had mixed emotions about sending the boys into action. He said he did it with a "heavy heart" but at the same time, he must have known it would happen some time and maybe it's part of the coming of age as a leader.