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The few of us who wanted Hodgson, and not Redknapp, to succeed Fabio Capello were told we were backing the wrong horse.
Our research shows the Government is backing the wrong horse.
Having said that, it is no small feat that they were able to forge consensus on significant constitutional reforms that considerably defanged the security establishment, and even though rival former prime minister Nawaz Sharif realised his mistake in backing the wrong horse initially, the PPP leadership successfully thwarted attempts to dislodge its government courtesy the Memogate - where Hussain Haqqani, the former ambassador to US was alleged to have secretively sought Obama administration's intervention to save the PPP government from a possible coup.