Regicide, Fratricide, Suicide

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Brown wants Blair to go soon so the country will focus on him

Watching Tony Blair electrify his party conference with a bravura, perfectly pitched speech that left them cheering and in tears, it felt little different from those heady early days of Britain's New Labour. And to judge from the waterfall of "bold, radical" policy ideas that spouted during the week from baby-faced ministers[an error occurred while processing this directive] such as David Miliband and James Purnell, the party's next generation of leaders has plenty of steam.

That was the upbeat side of Labour's annual conference last week in Manchester. But its evil twin lurked close by. Delegates seemed afflicted with a cocktail of...

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