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american elections give us a glimpse of Britain’s political destiny-but this time the transatlantic traffic is neither as clear nor as one-way as it has sometimes been in the recent past.

It took the first television debate between Gore and Bush (though Bore and Gush might have been more accurate) to bring out that sanctimonious streak that Gore and Blair have in common; a flashback to the prefect who was always the one to remind teacher that he forgot to give out the homework.

But Gore is not, after all, a bad model for the chastened Blair to follow. They…

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