European Reaction to Election of George Bush
Since nothing succeeds like success, I assumed that the triumph of Bush would strengthen the position of Tony Blair, From Oxford, Anthony Smith writes: I beg to differ. Tony Blair's position in the UK, now welded for four more years to an alliance with a greatly disliked US President, has been seriously weakened by the results of the Presidential election. The death of three Black Watch soldiers in Baghdad the day after the election, killed in a place in which they were never originally intended to be active, has confirmed Blair's difficulties - and there appears to be no possible escape from them now. This morning we learn that the Government has lost a referendum in the north-east of England on local government by a massive margin, indicating that from now on nothing that the Blair Government does will go unchallenged. The Bush victory, whatever the arguments within America, is a very serious blow to Blair. I do not think he can now recover his position here - though politics always brings its surprises.
RH: Who would replace Blair? The Conservatives are natural allies of Bush. One guess would be a new Labour government headed by Robin Cook, who resigned as foreign secretary in protest against the Iraq war. What would that do to US-UK relations?
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