Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It; "PM: 'I'll Quit If I Become an Electoral Liability'"

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It; "PM: 'I'll Quit If I Become an Electoral Liability'"

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I have no doubt that the Guardian's political editor, Michael White, had a good source for his story that Tony Blair would chuck the job in if he thought he was an electoral liability. That the PM can't see he is a liability right now is the very reason that he is.

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If Blair ever bothered to read the Mail on Sunday, which he understandably doesn't, he would know from its recent poll that if Gordon Brown were prime minister, Labour would have more chance of winning the next election. The poll showed there would be a Labour majority of 77 with Brown as PM and a hung parliament under Blair. Given the mess Blair is making over Iraq, the only surprise is that the poll wasn't even worse for him.

But things did get worse on Monday, with the publication of the latest Populus poll for the Times, which showed Labour down to its worst rating in 17 years. …

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