Tony Blair hopes the Irish peace process will be seen as one of his greatest achievements.
According to his spin-doctors, the Great Communicator did what no British prime minister had been able to do before him: getting sworn enemies Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley to sit down together and form a devolved government in Northern Ireland.
On the face of it, the deal seems to represent some progress. Few would welcome a return to armed struggle. In that sense at least the political process is a step forward. But there are huge problems with the architecture of the deal, particularly the way in which it enshrines communal divisions.