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Whose envoy is he anyway?

By Tom Nuttall  

As (sort of) predicted here at First Drafts over a month ago, it looks as if Michael Williams, currently UN envoy to the middle east, will soon be returning to British government service as the prime minister’s own middle east envoy (a post last filled, of course, by Lord Levy). The Guardian, which broke the story on Saturday, suggested that the appointment could lead to clashes with Tony Blair, who is of course himself plugging away in the middle east, on behalf of the international “quartet.” It’s not quite clear why such a clash would be any more likely now…

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