Whistling In the Dark?

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MIND GAMES: Howard hopes voters are thinking about Labour's failings, not Tory squabbles

Michael Howard, leader of Britain's Conservative Party, has a big problem, a medium-sized problem and an intriguing opportunity. His official nemesis, Prime Minister Tony Blair, is expected to motor down The Mall this week to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, kicking off the campaign for a general election on May 5. This means it's crunch time for Howard, the third Tory leader to inherit the big problem of digging his party out of the rubble of huge losses to Labour in 1997 and 2001. Right now the Tories have 162 seats in the House of Commons to Labour's 408,...

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