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Blair’s last stand

.No regrets. Tony Blair didn’t actually quote Edith Piaf, but the former prime minister was resolute about the wisdom of his own judgement over the Iraq war. Nothing to apologise for. The evidence of WMD was “beyond doubt”. We had to go in and deal with Saddam or else we ‘d all likely have been … Continue reading

Party’s over for the public sector.

It’s open season on ‘pen-pushers’. The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, is now calling, not just for a freeze, but for actual reductions in bureaucrats’ pay. The Scottish government has launched an assault on bonuses for highly-paid public quangocrats. The Tories want pay cuts across the board. Everyone says the end is nigh for public spending and that with … Continue reading

Obama and the banks:oh yes he can.

     Yes he can!  Barack Obama has finally found his voice and has used the full authority of the US Presidency to make a profound moral intervention in the debate about the future of the world economy.  He has decided to take on Wall Street, the greatest concentration of financial power on the planet, in … Continue reading

Fred the Shred is back!

Well, at least we now know why the Scottish parliament building project was such a disaster. The Edinburgh architects, RMJM or “Rumjum” as they’re usually called, are clearly a few bricks short of a full hod. How else can you explain their astonishing decision to hire the world’s worst banker, “Sir” Fred Goodwin of RBS … Continue reading

Campbell’s Last Stand.

Alistair Campbell.  What can you say?  He’s beyond hatred, beyond contempt, beyond belief.  He’ll never change and he’ll never get it.  The Chilcot Inquiry got nowhere with him. Did anyone seriously expect that it would?    However, the good news is that Tony Blair’s erstwhile Rottweiler is condemned to live a kind of inquisitorial Groundhog … Continue reading

Darling rules out bank levy. Doh.

Brown to clobber the banks”. “PM takes on City of London”. “Brown levy on bankers causes fury”.  No, you can’t see it, can you.  Barack Obama may appreciate the political opportunity presented by headlines like that, but for some reason the leadership of the British Labour Party cannot. Alistair Darling has ruled out applying a … Continue reading

Do the Blairites want Labour to lose?

 “Out of the night that covers me; Black as the Pit from pole to pole; I thank whatever gods may be; For my unconquereble soul”.  Those who’ve been speculating about the Prime Minister’s state of mind had further material yesterday in those lines from “Invictus” by the High Victorian poet William E Henley, which Gordon … Continue reading

Are the Blairites trying to lose?

  “Out of the night that covers me; Black as the Pit from pole to pole; I thank whatever gods may be; For my unconquereble soul”.  Those who’ve been speculating about the Prime Minister’s state of mind had further material yesterday in those lines from “Invictus” by the High Victorian poet William E Henley, which Gordon … Continue reading

Iceland freezes Kuwait burns

    Last week, Iceland said no. The country’s president, Ólafur Ragnar Grimsson , refused to ratify a bill to pay Britain and Holland the £3.6 bn cost of guaranteeing Icesave accounts after Landisbanki uk went bust in 2008. Faced with paying around £12,000 per head – about £40,000 per family – the Icelanders have decided that, … Continue reading

Midwinter mutiny leaves Brown dead in water, Miliband overboard.

  The best thing to be said about the latest tragicomic episode in the decline and fall of New Labour, was that the latest coup attempt was at least quickly over.  In fact, it was over almost before it began,  on Wednesday lunchtime when the Labour former cabinet ministers, Patricia Hewitt and Geof Hoon launched their … Continue reading

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