Letter From London: Labour's Love Lost

With his support at historic lows, Tony Blair is fighting to avoid an early exit

For almost any politician, nine years in office is long enough to curdle public opinion, but Tony Blair's fall from grace seems particularly poignant. As he stonewalled reporters last week about how soon he would depart Downing Street and issued uncharacteristically clunky ripostes during the Prime Minister's Question Time in Parliament, he scarcely resembled the vigorous, fresh-faced powerhouse who rode a landslide to office in 1997. No wonder: a year after winning a third term in office, the British leader is drenched in a storm of disdain. "He should go and give a different leader a chance," says Josie Brown, 54,...

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