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19 November 2009

Blair to win EU presidency

An unlikely punt

By James Macintyre

Predictions: a mug’s game. Particularly when you’re going against the grain of media and political consensus. But blogs are nothing if not controversial, so I am going to stick my neck out and say that — contrary to conventional wisdom — Tony Blair will emerge as the unexpected winner of the race to become EU president tonight. We’ll see.

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