Articles tagged: Tony Blair

It’s not over until the fat man sings – and he’s just cleared his throat

June 7, 2009

Last Sunday BBC political commentator Andrew Marr asked Gordon Brown whether he would consider stepping down as PM if it were the majority view of the Labour Party that it would be in its interests for him to do so. Characteristically, Brown replied “No.” He had a job to do, cleaning up Parliament and saving the economy. Today, his options are somewhat more limited. Twice-disgraced and tainted by the expenses scandal, ‘Lord’ Mandelson is Deputy Prime Minister in all but title. His job is to save what’s left of the... More

Thus interprets the UK MP’s expenses guidelines, for the (sole) benefit of honourable members

May 18, 2009

All this “I stuck to the Rules” stuff delivered to camera by our alternately defiant or ashen faced betters in the Mother of Parliaments prompted me to take a look at the rules (the “Green Book”) of which we’ve heard so much. It’s less than gripping stuff but, as rule books go, it’s fairly clear and a damned sight more easily understood than the rules of cricket. Unless you’re running the country, that is. By John Keyes An admirable foreword is provided by that beacon of propriety, chauffeur-driven-to-excess Speaker Michael... More

Another plot foiled on fantasy island

April 22, 2009

Thus followers will not be surprised to hear of the release without charge of all the dastardly terrorists who were plotting to blow up Manchester’s Arndale Centre and other key installations over Easter. We predicted the outcome on April 10. Two of the Pakistani students were cleared more or less immediately and it was announced today, Budget Day no less – a good day to bury bad news under even worse news – that the remaining 9 had been handed over to UK Border and immigration officials. No bomb factory... More