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Gordon Brown does not have his picture on the New York subway

Stranded 4,000 miles from home because of the volcano, I’m struggling with a Chicago perspective on the British election. Viewed from here, of course, Britain hardly exists. Even open-minded types with an informed interest in current affairs tend to be a bit vague about any changes in British politics since the time of George III, Whigs and Tories and the American revolution. The only item…

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