CHECKING IN ON DOWNING STREET….So what’s going on over in Great Britain with only three days left before the American election? Let’s check the news and find out.

Hmmm. According to the Guardian, the queen has decided this is a good moment to bend Tony Blair’s ear about her “grave concerns over the White House’s stance on global warming.” Their conversation should have been confidential, but somehow word slipped out to the media.

From the Independent comes word that Blair himself “has sent one of his closest advisers on a secret peace mission to mend relations with John Kerry.” Apparently his polling guru, Philip Gould, met with Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry’s campaign manager, ten days ago. This meeting was meant to be confidential, but again, word somehow slipped out.

And the BBC reports that Blair’s wife, Cherie, criticized Bush administration policies a few days ago during a United States lecture tour. She was, of course, speaking strictly in a private capacity and didn’t intend for her comments to become public. Somehow, though ? well you get the message.

It sounds like Bush’s pal Tony has decided to start hedging his bets. Or perhaps it’s more like a rat deserting a sinking ship?

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