Blair wins, but wins less than he hoped.

Labour won yesterday at the polls in Great Britian, and Tony Blair will likely be Prime Minister for a third term. This hasn’t happened to Labour since 1900 or so when the party was formed. Margaret Thatcher was the last P.M. to win a third term. Labour’s margin of majority has been reduced from around 160 seats to about 60 seats, so he’s still strong, but a whole lot less strong than he was.

What this will mean to US-UK relations, or even to Labour’s domestic agenda, I don’t really know. After ‘s comments yesterday, I figured you deserved to know that someone is trying to pay attention from this side of the pond. I do know that the P.M.’s job is likely going to pass at some point from Mr. Blair to Mr. Brown. At least, that’s what the New York Times is saying this morning. Is that accurate?

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  3. It’s accurate in that it’s:

    (a) What Brown’s fervently hoping for
    (b) What Blair allegedly promised Brown over a decade ago
    (c) What most people assume will happen

    However, as and when Blair steps down, the Labour party gets to vote on their new leader (and the new PM by default) and they might not play the game the way they’re told to. We’ll see.

  4. It’s accurate in that it’s:

    (a) What Brown’s fervently hoping for
    (b) What Blair allegedly promised Brown over a decade ago
    (c) What most people assume will happen

    However, as and when Blair steps down, the Labour party gets to vote on their new leader (and the new PM by default) and they might not play the game the way they’re told to. We’ll see.

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