King Of The World

Tony Blair, riding a wave of peace and prosperity, is Britain's most popular leader since World War II

When the other leaders of the G-8 nations arrive in England for their annual summit this week, they will be greeted by the famously toothy smile of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. They will switch on their smiles too, but mostly for show. Bill Clinton is stuck in the mire of the Lewinsky matter. Germany's Helmut Kohl is facing a September election he may not survive. Japan's Ryutaro Hashimoto is struggling to keep his government and his country's economy from collapsing. Boris Yeltsin is in poor health and is a political lame duck.

But Tony Blair? Make no mistake about it,...

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