Tony Blair may be slow, but he is capable of learning:
“There is no question he would rather Kerry win than Bush,” says one senior government member. “Working with the neo-cons has been a millstone for him.” Asked which policies were causing the problems, he replied: “Just about everything in sight.” Of growing concern at the moment is US policy on Iran. The increasingly belligerent talk from the Bush camp fills Whitehall officials with dread.
Blair, according to aides, only now understands the extent of Bush’s unpopularity in the UK. “We’ve been trying to tell him that even Tory voters detest Bush,” says one official.