Prime Minister Tony Blair has done a very impressive thing. He
"has ordered Labour ministers and officials not to become embroiled in the US presidential race in an apparent attempt to avoid offending George W Bush.
The Prime Ministers veto on visits to the US means that only one minister, Douglas Alexander, will attend the formal crowning of John Kerry, the Democrats candidate, in Boston in late July.
Tony Blair is said to back George Bushs re-election bid
Mr Blairs intervention, which will prevent his Labour colleagues from offering their traditional support to the Democrats, has astonished ministers who remember the close links Labour had with Bill Clinton during previous presidential campaigns."