Tony Blair's Disappearing Act

A corruption scandal - and the hated war in Iraq - could mean a quick exit for Britain's Prime Minister

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Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses a productivity public services summit hosted by the CBI in London.

Delivering responses as crisp as his shirt--and displaying a confidence as miraculously uncreased after months at the center of a storm over alleged corruption--Tony Blair on Feb. 6 submitted to a very public interrogation. He has twice answered police questions--as a witness, not as a suspect--in Britain's so-called cash-for-honors affair, becoming the first serving Prime Minister to be grilled by the cops. But this was his biannual appearance before a top parliamentary committee, a set-piece occasion that always provides insights into government policy. This time, as the chief witness genially pointed out, one question alone sent members of Westminster's low-tech press corps...

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