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Blair’s new class

The US press is fascinated by the Clinton/Blair parallel. But it has not noticed, says John O'Sullivan, that they both champion a new managerial class shaking off democratic constraints

By John O'Sullivan   May 1997

If the quality press is any guide, Americans are more interested in the British election than the “special relationship is dead” school of thought thinks appropriate. A Nexis search after the first few days of campaigning threw up 32 stories on the election in newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Nor were they merely reprinting agency copy. Bigfoot correspondents, such as Joe Klein of the New Yorker and Ronald Brownstein of the LA Times landed in the shires when voting was still a month away. There is not even the excuse that the…

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