Nicholas Kristof: “The bottom line is that the West has been suckered by Mr. Putin. He is not a sober version of Boris Yeltsin. Rather, he’s a Russified Pinochet or Franco. And he is not guiding Russia toward free-market democracy, but into fascism.”
Many of his policies were illiberal, but I think we’ve lost talent, intelligence and a straighforwardness that is increasingly rare with the resignation of David Blunkett.