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Sunday, April 03, 2005

 

Humbug

Don't you feel sorry for Charles Clarke? According to a BBC report today,

The home secretary has said he fears the government will be forced to drop controversial crime plans as it gears up for the election.
However, rest assured that it is not the government's fault.

Charles Clarke told the Observer he would blame the opposition if plans for ID cards and to outlaw incitement to religious hatred may be shelved.
Really? Whose decision is it to call an election? The government could, if it wished, wait until as late as June 2006 before calling a general election.

The BBC's report is derived from a
story in today's Observer, where we learn that pro-Labour luvvies have come out in force:

In a letter to The Observer, celebrities who opposed the war - from the actress Prunella Scales to the comedian Jo Brand and sitcom star Richard Wilson - admit they are still 'angry' with Blair and convinced he was wrong to invade. However, they argue that it would be worse to have Michael Howard in power, citing his 'regressive attitude to social issues' and urging voters who are similarly torn to return to the fold.
This letter is not exactly a ringing endorsement, is it? The message seems to be, "We know Labour is crap, but at least they're not as bad as the Tories."

An appropriate response to Richard Wilson and his friends might be, "I don't believe it!"

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