Of all the discourse, debate and coverage of the resignation timetable this week, I have been struck by the comments of one contributor, cannot recall who it was.
They said that the country had felt and still believes that TB should have been able to resolve all the problems in this country and indeed in the world. That he was meant to right all wrongs. That it is his failure to do this that has caused such terrible loss of trust and support etc.
I thought about this a lot.
You might like to get your head round this too.
Did we expect him to right the world's wrongs?
I think the commentator might be right.
I cannot point to another politician in this country or another who we thought should be able to do this, but in TB such expectations were explicit and implicit.
But now that it has been put to me, as a radio listener, like that, I can clearly see that was the case and also why it was ridiculous.
As he said himself, we expected too much, of him and of each other and of the world.
Expectations were too high.
He is not and did not describe himself as our nation's saviour nor the world's saviour, but much of the criticism levelled at him is about his failure to be such a figure, although not in such an obvious or vocal way of course.
I wish I could remember who said this, but it was a valuable lesson and I am thankful for it.
What did you expect of Heath, Wilson, Callaghan, Thatcher or Major? Or earlier leaders? Less? the same? more? Is it reasonable?