Friends In Need

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It was an encore performance of one of the great buddy acts of the 1990s — all smiles but with a deadly serious purpose. The Tony-and-Bill Show, which ran for two days last week in the gloriously tacky seaside resort of Blackpool, had just about everyone at the Labour Party conference cheering and stomping and forgetting, at least for a while, about all the issues — privatization, civil liberties, war against Iraq — where so many Labourites have profound disagreements with Tony Blair.

These annual rituals are a funny mix of theater, trading floor and reunion. You can...

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