Blair Stumbles

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair may be a star on the world stage, but he doesn't get much respect at home. For the past week, Blair has been under fire for intervening on behalf of a Labour Party donor in efforts to win a privatized Romanian steel plant last summer.

A burst of union activism is also embarrassing Blair. A more militant breed of union leaders claims that Blair has betrayed Labour's traditional blue-collar base through his tight fiscal policies. A wide range of unions--from train crews to postal employees to health workers--are growing restive. If the Conservative opposition were not in such a shambles, Blair would be in serious trouble.

Edited by Rose Brady

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