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Has Labour’s luck (and good sense) finally deserted it? Given how hard it is for governments to renew themselves after long periods in office, the handover from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown ought to be a blessing: the same broad New Labour canvas but a different style of painter. The court politics of the past nine years seems to be undermining much of that potential advantage. Even if Blair does go next summer, which was always the sensible cut-off point, it may now look messy and fractious, especially if the government’s broader competence remains in question. Some of the recent…

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