Feature

Blair’s heart trouble

The week's news at a glance.

London

British Prime Minister Tony Blair was hospitalized with chest pains this week, the first time he’d been sick since he took office six years ago. He was given a small electric shock to regulate his heartbeat and released after just five hours; doctors said his ailment was very minor and not linked to stress. But British newspapers said the incident showed that the 50-year-old fitness buff must be feeling the strain of the past year. Blair’s insistence on allying Britain with the U.S. in the Iraq war drew massive and passionate public opposition. And even his own Labor Party members have blamed him for Britain’s failing health and social services. Heart trouble seems particularly ominous because Blair came to the party leadership after his predecessor, John Smith, dropped dead of a heart attack at age 55.

Recommended

10 things you need to know today: October 26, 2021
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: October 26, 2021

Princess Mako leaves Japan's royal family to marry college boyfriend
Kei Komuro and Princess Mako.
listen to your heart

Princess Mako leaves Japan's royal family to marry college boyfriend

10 things you need to know today: October 25, 2021
A Sudanese protester
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: October 25, 2021

John Oliver explains America's 'deeply weird' strategic ambiguity about Taiwan
John Oliver
Johnsplaining

John Oliver explains America's 'deeply weird' strategic ambiguity about Taiwan

Most Popular

5 toons about Bannon's contempt of Congress charge
Political Cartoon.
Feature

5 toons about Bannon's contempt of Congress charge

The 'Trump app' will be the insurrection on steroids
Donald Trump.
Picture of Damon LinkerDamon Linker

The 'Trump app' will be the insurrection on steroids

Day traders and Reddit loving Trump-tied SPAC
Donald Trump.
SPAC attack

Day traders and Reddit loving Trump-tied SPAC