UK Prime Minister Tony Blair made it clear in a statement today that he will resign within the year; He stubbornly refuses, however, to set a date.

Is it good enough?

Will it be soon enough?

I don’t think so and, if the above picture tells a story, nor does possible successor Gordon Brown.

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For those of you who don’t like clicking here’s the full statement, courtesy of Reuters:

“The first thing I’d like to do is apologise actually on behalf of the Labour Party for the last week, which with everything that is going on back here and in the world, has not been our finest hour, to be frank.

“I think what is important now is that we understand that it’s the interests of the country that come first and we move on.

“Now as for my timing and date of departure, I would have preferred to do this in my own way but as has been pretty obvious from what many of my cabinet colleagues have said earlier in the week, the next party conference in a couple of weeks will be my last party conference as party leader.

“The next TUC (Trades Union Congress) next week will be my last TUC, probably to the relief of both of us.

“But I’m not going to set a precise date now, I don’t think that’s right. I will do that at a future date and I’ll do it in the interests of the country and depending on the circumstances of the time.

“That doesn’t in any way take away from the fact that this is my last conference but I think the precise timetable has to be left up to me and to be done in the proper way.

“I also want to say one other thing after the last week. I think it’s important for the Labour Party to understand and I think the majority of the people in the party do understand that it’s the public that comes first and it’s the country that matters.

“We can’t treat the public as irrelevant bystanders in a subject as important as who is their prime minister so we should just bear that in mind in the way that we conduct ourselves in the time to come.

“And in the meantime I think it’s important that we get on with the business. I was at a primary school earlier, fantastic new buildings, great new IT suite, school results are improving. I’m here at this school that just in the last few years has come on by leaps and bounds, doing fantastically well.

“We’ve got the blockade on the Lebanon lifted today. There are important things going on in the world and I think I speak for all my cabinet colleagues when I say that we would prefer to get on with those things because those are the things that really matter to the country. So as I say it’s been a somewhat difficult week but I think it’s time now to move on and I think we will.”

So, now it’s official: language squirms.