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Tony Blair has been seduced by the two sick men of Europe

He is sacrificing his relationship with those that have been solid allies with Britain's drive to lead economic reform

Mr Howard has proved himself a wily politician

The truth is that Howard and Blair, both of them great survivors, seem to need each other

Howard bet the farm on Hutton - and lost

The Tory leader is hobbled: he needs to eat a small slice of humble pie and moderate his decibel level

Next week will test Howard as much as Blair

While the polls show the Tories back in business, they should be recording huge leads at this stage

Blair needs the Labour Party more than it needs him - and his MPs know it

Their independence from the party line might save them at the next election, so a 'what the hell' attitude now dominates

Can Mr Blair survive this rebellion?

Labour MPs will correctly argue that it is he who is being disloyal to their promised programme

Parliament is the centre of political debate once again

This will do more to restore voter turnout than any amount of tinkering with methods of voting

Michael Howard and the Tory dream team

This is a rare moment where a party leader owes no favours to his rivals, his critics or even to his friends

Duncan Smith is doomed - but don't count on Howard to succeed him

The nightmare scenario would be for IDS to win the confidence ballot by a few votes. Anarchy would rule throughout the party
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