Maria Margaronis is a writer and radio documentary maker, and a longtime contributor to The Nation.
Disillusionment is the most painful of emotions.
There's a temptation to begin with death. The dark title of A.S. Byatt's Little Black Book of Stories suggests it; the phrase is also a riposte to D.H.
Barely a month ago Prime Minister Tony Blair looked unstoppable. He'd survived, narrowly, a revolt within his own party over plans to allow universities to charge higher tuition fees.