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Gordon Brown's praise for Tony Blair's foreign policy in the Sun was about more than Labour's squabbles. It was an attempt to get the American right on side

By Tumbler   October 2006

Can Gordon woo Washington?

It was Dan Fried, the man whocovers Europe for the US state department, who quipped during Blair’s week of torment: “it looks like we have a second civil war on our hands.” The big cheeses on the seventh floor of the state department were circulating the rumour that Dick Cheney was complaining that those semi-commies in the Labour party were finally showing their true colours, and that this tax-and-spend Scotsman who had sabotaged Blair was going to pull the troops out of Iraq and leave the Americans in the lurch.

Cheney does not know much about…

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