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THE PLANK JULY 20, 2007

No Pains For Labour

Two interesting developments in Britain: The first is that authorities have decided they do not have enough evidence to charge anyone in the Labour Party's "Cash For Honours" scandal. The second is that Gordon Brown "passed his first test," as Labour won two big by-elections last night. In both cases, David Cameron's conservatives trailed the Liberal Democrats and wound up in third place. As The Daily Telegraph reports, this makes it more likely that Brown and Labour will call early elections.

You can read David Goodhart's assessment of Brown in this week's TNR here.

--Isaac Chotiner

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