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Tony’s world

With America apparently losing interest in (and even patience with) Europe, can Britain still be a bridge across the Atlantic? While roaring around the northeast, Blair defends the global hegemon.

By David Goodhart   August 2002

One Friday in mid-July, Tony Blair left the Westminster village for one of his regular journeys to another country-the regions of Britain. He set off on a short tour of the northeast, accompanied by a small team of detectives, civil servants and Labour party officials. Hurtling around in planes and cars, they squeezed in seven visits in five hours. Tagging along-with the purpose of grabbing a foreign affairs interview with Blair on the plane to Teeside-I also caught a glimpse of a rather uplifting corner of British political life. Here was the most powerful man in the country addressing a…

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