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Thomas Fletcher. Formerly Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. (London, SE13)

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Appalling British attempt to make an international political thriller on a shoestring budget. You can't fault its ambition, but you can fault absolutely everything else about it.

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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/no-votes-but-pl.html">Archie Bland : No votes, but plenty of opinions</a>

Foreign Policy has produced an excellent map based on a Gallup poll it conducted asking people around the world which US political candidate they support. 60 per cent of Britons are behind Obama - but that's nothing on Kenya, where he can count on the backing of 89 per cent of the public.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/british-foreign.html">Dr Tara McCormack: British foreign policy, searching for a purpose</a>

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