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    By: Gavin Esler

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    The Anglo-American 'Special Relationship' is in deep trouble. The ambitious vice-president‚ Bobby Black‚ who wields greater influence over foreign affairs than his titular boss has fallen out with the British PM.The British PM is fed up with being treated like a poodle‚and having America announce policies that will affect England‚without consultation. Both men are arrogant and full of their own importance‚believing that the world will descend into chaos without thier policies.

    The young British Ambassador to Washington knows he must step in. He is in a delicate position however-with the expectations of the British Government on him‚as well as those of his father-in-law‚ the PM.

    In a bid to orchastrate some good PR‚ Black is invited to England to meet the Queen at Balmoral and have some grouse shooting-he is a passionate marksman. Accompanied by a plane load of assistants and CIA security‚ Black arrives. Guided by his aristocratic host‚ he goes out to the moors-and disappears.

    He is not seen again until humilating photographs begin to appear‚and then again‚silence.

    The Americans are outraged that their VP has gone missing on British soil and the relationship between the two countries seem irrevocably damaged. But what can be done?Missing but not confirmed dead is a consitutional grey area‚and should Black reappear‚can he ever be trusted again?

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