Tony Blair's Perfect Storm

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DO OR DIE: "One of the nice things about Tony is he likes a fight," says a top aide

Before the week is out, Tony Blair will discover whether he can remain Prime Minister, and if he can, whether the office is still worth holding. First there's the culmination of weeks of feverish campaigning, arm twisting and strategic concessions by Blair's Education Minister to contain a massive Labour rebellion over plans to increase university budgets by making students pay more. A loss on this bill would mean a central plank of Blair's push to rejuvenate British education — and his broader drive to find ways of modernizing public services without raising taxes — would stand rejected by his own M.P.s....

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