TONY BLAIR makes some interesting points in his BBC Radio 4 interview about Prime Ministers. He expresses surprise that he could become PM with “nugatory” experience – in other words, no worthwhile experience.

That applies to so many ministers in our peculiar, if democratic, system. Take Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary in charge of running the NHS in the worst crisis since it was created. Whether or not you believe Mr Hancock is doing a good job, which part of his quick fire career pricked him out for such a crucial role? Before being elected 10 years ago, he was an economist specialising in the housing market; then he became minister for skills, energy, Portsmouth, digital while being Paymaster General and then the UK Anti-Corruption Champion before, in 2018, he alighted at the head of the NHS.

You can’t say that he’d studied it, worked in it, thought deeply about it for years – but he is in charge of it.

Mr Blair also says he didn’t enjoy being PM because of the responsibility of decision-making. His biggest and loneliest decision – Iraq – will overwhelm all the many good decisions he made.

But what about poor old Boris Johnson? He never gave the impression of wanting to be PM to take decisions. He wanted it because it would be a jolly jape, but before he could even touch his laurels, letalone rest on them, for getting Brexit done, he was catapulted into momentous decision-making, stripping people of their liberties and setting policies by which thousands of his own countrymen came to live or die.

It is enough to make you feel sorry for them – except, of course, they were the ones who had the gargantuan self-belief and overweening ambition to push themselves forward.