By A Nose

Denied a resounding mandate, John Major must shape a program that can cure the national malaise and hold a strengthened opposition at bay

SURE, THE INCUMBENT HAD ENjoyed unbeatable popularity ratings during the gulf war. But with the guns long since quieted and East-West tensions laid to rest, voters no longer cared about his performance abroad. They were too busy fuming about the recession at home and looking for someone to blame for the greed spawned by the conservative revolution of the '80s. They wanted to talk about domestic issues: health care, education and, of course, jobs. To distinguish himself from the perceived heartlessness of his predecessor, the incumbent called for a kinder, gentler nation. It was a nice touch, if somewhat undermined by...

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