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Date published: 2005/06/26

The BBC says:

Euan Blair, the prime minister's eldest son, is to work in Washington DC as an intern for Republican politicians.

The 21-year-old will spend three months working for the Committee on Rules in the House of Representatives - the lower chamber of the US Congress.

The move has surprised Democrats, who see the committee as highly partisan, says the Sunday Telegraph.

A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister's son would also seek an internship with a Democrat politician.
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Downing Street said British diplomats had been involved in the process.

Well his father is a Tory and is a buddy of Bush so why should Euan not work for the Republicans? The real point of the story should instead be that what still counts in the world is not talent but connections. Would someone by the name of Euan Jones from Bristol have been given such a position? (The jobs of the interns are lowly, but the point, for Americans at least, is that it gets you inside the political system.) It is particularly insidious that British diplomats were "involved in the process", since, after all, they are paid for by the British taxpayer, not Tony Blair.

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