Friday, February 09, 2007
February 8: The Earl of Wessex, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, this morning visited the new National Heroes Gallery, Bridge-town, Barbados.
His Royal Highness, Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, afterwards attended a Reception for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Golf Cup at Sandy Lane Golf Club, Saint James.
The Earl of Wessex later departed Barbados for the United Kingdom.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Update: Also on the BBC news website here. The exact quote was "I predict that when I come back on this programme in six months or a year's time, people will be saying 'wouldn't it be great to have that Blair back because we can't stand that Gordon Brown'."
The western front of the congestion charge zone will cover a massive residential area of people who will probably drive in central London much more than they did before. Please tell me this isn't just a money making scheme.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
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Over 50 bloody organisations and agencies!!! If this many entities are involved, no wonder small business is suffering. This is a shambles and a good example of unjoined up government. I definitely won't be wasting a day at this thing. I spend enough time filling out the endless forms and complying with the infinite regulations that these people spew out on a daily basis.
My favourite part of the interview was Fern's impassioned "Patients just want clean hospitals, with clean sheets and no bugs, with decent food and good nurses". I can just see the letters being written now by Doreen in Whitstable, "Thanks Fern for speaking on behalf of us normal people". The problem with this is that these things don't just appear Fern they need policies and that means talking about other points that are slightly more complicated.
These lightweight interviews play a specific role of reaching an audience that isn't normally interested in politics, but in terms of learning anything new about the Conservative party it was a waste of time. This was a very Blairesque performance and I'm sure the styles will be compared again and again.
To put this edition of This Morning into perspective, the other major guest was Jamie Oliver's dad. Are you kidding me? What the bloody hell? I'm surprised Jamie Oliver's postman hasn't gotten in on the act. All aboard the Cash-In Express.
Monday, February 05, 2007
If you bother to read the article you realise that the only evidence they have of "will not" is the word of Blair's official spokesman who is not aware of any contact between No 10 and Scotland Yard regarding a further interview. Indeed, he has "checked with everyone [he] can conceivably check with in Downing Street and in wider government and the answer is no." Well that's a little different from "will not" isn't it. It may be more appropriate to use the headline, "Blair may not face third interview because we can't find someone to tell us he will, but wait a minute they kept it secret from us last time, so we cannot categorically say either way". Not as snappy, but about 100% more accurate.
Update: The site is so bad that had to go out and buy a paper version. Is this their cunning secret strategy to drive up circulation?
His article mentions the old Protect and Survive government instructions and I've found some really interesting old videos on Youtube. Here's one entitled "Action After Warnings".
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The key talking points can be summed up as follows:
1. He should be allowed to "get on with the job";
2. He should all be wary of "unattributed" stories;
3. It would be "undemocratic" to drive him from office during the inquiry;
4. "The prime minister is giving outstanding leadership."
As far as number one is concerned it seems pretty clear to me that a Prime Minister who doesn't have control over the Cabinet or his party cannot just "get on with the job." I have a little sympathy with the second point and I do think the Labour politicians who are spinning against Blair should to some extent put up or shut up. I cannot for the life of me work out what is "undemocratic" about his party pushing him from office. That is exactly the way our political system is supposed to work. He cannot be primus inter pares without the support of other MPs. Once this is lost then he should no longer be Prime Minister. This overrides any party systems to elect leaders and so it should. Do I need to say anything about four other than it is patently not the case.
Weak talking points, none of the big gun ministers. How long does Blair have left?