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Tony Blair has called for Parliamentary elections on 5 May. The Queen will dissolve Parliament, probably next Monday. Parliament will likely head for the hustings this Friday. Some Blair priorities, like the national ID card, will likely not make it thru Parliament in time.

IMAO, the most interesting thing in this article is how little the US is mentioned. Oil War 2 isn't mentioned at all. i would have thought that the expense in lives and pounds of this little adventure might have mentioned as much mention as:
The Green Party has said it is fielding 25% more candidates at this election.
The UK Independence Party says its campaign will focus on the effect unlimited immigration from within the EU will affect British public services.

True, elections are supposed to be decided on local issues, but i am surprised that Blair's role as Bush's most loyal supporter hasn't warranted mention in this (admittedly rather general) article. It will be interesting to see if some non-marginal party brings up foreign affairs as this campaign develops. Were Blair to lose (most of the polls cited say he has a small lead at this point), there could be repercussions on this side of the pond.


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