In 20 years time future generations will look back on the Iraq War with a kind of bemused disinterest. In much the same way my generation view Vietnam or Korea as rather odd footnotes to a grand narrative rather dramatically called the Cold War, these generations will feel nothing of the polemic passion of 2003, just a strange sense of confusion.
Not so with PFI. The Private Finance Initiatives agreed in the Tony Blair years won’t feel like abstract oddities of a bygone era. They will be real and pressing concerns for a generation still paying the price for the last two decades of spending.