Tony Blair stepped down today as Britain's prime minister. I don't know much about his local politics, but I have great admiration for him for his strong, determined stance on the global war on terror. He showed great moral clarity and courage to stand against his own party and the majority of British public opinion in regards to Iraq, etc. (His articulate eloquence about this stance was also a refreshing change in those joint press conferences with Dubya...)
Sure, many Brits are glad to see him gone - their oversensative overreaction to his friendship with us no doubt stemming from their latent belief that we should still be their colonies or something. (Those English are proud, you know.)
And as far as how they regard their great leaders after they've been in office "too long" ... well, just ask Churchill and Thatcher.