However much large parts of the population loathed her, there was always a goodly chunk of her own Party that showed their love for Margaret Thatcher. Tony Blair, labours electorally most successful former leader, never seems to inspire this. It often feels like he is more detested by his own party than he is by the opposition. People will point to the war in Iraq and the dodgy dossier but I suspect that is just a convenient hook. When the core Tory support looks at Thatcher they can see their values reflected back (even if it is an illusion). With Blair, well the more his Party faithful knew about what he really believed in the less they liked him.