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The odd couple

What exactly are the differences between Blair and Brown?

By Steve Richards   October 2003

One of Gordon Brown’s senior advisers has a theory. He estimates that the Blair/Brown soap opera erupts in the media every three months, as regular as the seasons. The trigger is usually a newspaper report suggesting that Brown wants Blair’s job immediately and is still angry about not securing the leadership in 1994, or claiming that Blair feels betrayed by his chancellor and is ready to sack him. After the first report, others wade in. Then everyone calms down again for three months.

The adviser is on to something: check the cuttings. But even when the personal animosity between the…

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