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Blair swansong facing electoral sour note

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Blair swansong facing electoral sour note


Voters in Britain appear poised to send Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair a not-too-fond farewell just days before his expected resignation announcement.

Opposition parties are tipped to emerge as the biggest winners in municipal elections in England and assembly polls in Wales and Scotland.

Surveys say Scottish nationalists, who advocate total independence, are set to become the largest party there. National identity is seen as a big issue.

“I think scotland is more European than England is. But I disagree with independence entirely because i dont think it’s a big enough country to survive,” said one woman in the streets of Edinburgh.

“The Scots feel a big sentiment of independence. But it’s just sentiment. It would be better to stay together with England, with Great Britain,” said one man in the capital.

South of the border the Conservatives are expecting to make major gains in the English local elections. It will leave Blair’s anticipated successor, Gordon Brown, with his work cut out.

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