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The Poodle Effect

Sixty-three percent of Brits surveyed in the lastest Guardian/ICM poll say Prime Minister Tony Blair has tied Britain too closely to the US. Obviously, Blair has been derided for some time by his critics as a "poodle" of the Bush administration, but the poll, taken from July 21-23, probably reflects a heightened 'poodle effect' based on public response to Bush's "Yo, Blair!" comment at the G8 the previous week. My friend in England tells me the British press and chattering classes have been relentlessly derisive toward Blair over Bush's informal, unscripted remark.