John Major: Victor Beware

John Major's status quo policies may have won him re-election, but they have failed to repair theeconomy

Throughout the fall, President Bush's re-election team has invoked John Major as its model of the incumbent who squeaks by in spite of a weak economy and polls predicting his defeat. But if one looks at what has happened to the British Prime Minister since his victory last April, the lesson is different. Major now suffers the lowest approval rating -- just 16% -- ever recorded in postwar popularity polls. A group of M.P.s in his own party is openly attacking his leadership and threatening to bring down his government in a critical vote over Britain's participation in the European Community....

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