Tony Blair Rolls Out His "Masochism Strategy"


ON THE STUMP: Blair laps up the applause from Welsh Labour Party members

Tony Blair emerges from a Range Rover next to the village hall in Highnam, just outside Gloucester near the Welsh border, and bounds up to a dozen locals there to greet him. His handshake is athletic: coat open, big reach, pivoting from the waist, legs spread apart. He works out in Downing Street two or three days a week and exudes vitality — no longer the boyish charm of his 1997 campaign, but still, in the words of a longtime aide, "surprisingly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" in light of how things have been going lately. His party's six-point lead in the polls...

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