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2005/5/4 [Politics/Domestic/President, Politics/Domestic/California] UID:37517 Activity:moderate
5/4     http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/05/04/british.election
        Do YOU guys want Blair to win? Poll:
        Yes:
        No: .
        \_ It's pretty much a foregone conclusion.
        \_ I want Blair to step-down and have another Labour Party member
           step in as PM, saying, "Yeah, Blair lied.  I'm the new guy!"
           Or, I want Blair to say, "Yeah, I lied about these specific things."
           Then I would want him to win.
           \_ I want Blair to step-down and say "Yeah, I lied, in fact, Georgy
              promised me goodies if I lied."
           \_ They'll get Brown soon enough.  -John
        \_ We should start a letter writing campaign to tell regular British
           voters it's important for us that they vote Tory.  Yeah, that'll
           work.
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