Smith: Lost leader or lost cause?

Smith: Lost leader or lost cause?

{ "b" : "John Smith: A Life," , "cite" : "by Mark Stuart, Methuen, €36.50."}

{ "b" : "John Smith: A Life," , "cite" : "by Mark Stuart, Methuen, €36.50."}

When John Smith suffered a fatal heart attack in May 1994, the British political world united in grief. Widely seen as a decent and honourable man, the rotund Scot had been firmly on course to become the first Labour prime minister in almost 20 years. His passing was an enormous loss to his party and his country.

That, at least, is one version of events.

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