The End Is Near — Really

TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

LOOMING: Brown casts a shadow on Blair's last days

Now that Tony Blair has confirmed that he'll leave Downing Street within a year (or less), who will become leader of America's best foreign friend? Put [an error occurred while processing this directive]your money on Gordon Brown, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, or finance chief, as the next Prime Minister. London bookmakers William Hill give him overwhelming odds — 1/5. Brown is brainy, experienced, and has been heir apparent since opting not to fight Blair for the Labour Party leadership in 1994.

But a contest among Labour heavyweights is still possible. Scars remain from the long, venomous feud between...

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