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  1. How to help them? Easy answer, pass em the noose.

    Comment by leon — 27th April, 2006 @ 10:18 am

  2. I think Charles Clarke has singularly managed the near impossible - to be more hated than David Blunkett.

    Even my mum is saying they should get rid of the government! And she doesn’t even follow politics much. How Blair can claim that the people still back him is beyond me.

    Comment by Sunny — 27th April, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  3. OK I admit it. I had an affair with John Prescott.

    Comment by Rohin — 27th April, 2006 @ 2:36 pm

  4. Just why? Why would anyone sleep with him?

    Gone are the days when politicians lost face for sleeping with people other than their spouses. Edwina Curry on the ITV news last night… dear me.

    Comment by NorahJones — 27th April, 2006 @ 3:14 pm

  5. I bet if you rearranged the article a bit you could make it seem as if Boris Johnson is criticising Prescott for having an affair.

    Comment by soru — 27th April, 2006 @ 3:30 pm

  6. As I said nearly two hundred years ago, things have come to a pretty pass when they start dragging morality into the sanctity of private life.
    To compare Prescott’s private life, which affects no-one but the people personally involved, with Clarke’s and Hewitt’s incompetence which could have lethal effects on any of us is absurd.

    Comment by Lord Melbourne — 27th April, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

  7. I have to agree with Lord Melbourne.

    Prescott’s affair may come at an opportune time for Blair because it takes the heat off Charles Clarke’s supreme stupidity and incompetence. The tabloids will naturally prefer the former scandal.

    Comment by Sunny — 27th April, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  8. Rohin - was Faria Alam involved?

    Comment by Al-Hack — 27th April, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  9. I’ve never seen Prescott has happy as he was in that photo on the front of The Mirror

    Comment by j0nz — 27th April, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

  10. Lord Melbourne? THE Lord Melbourne?

    As in Viscount Melbourne, of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, a title created for Peniston Lamb, 1st Baron Melbourne in 1781 in the Peerage of Ireland?

    Previously been created Lord Melbourne, Baron of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, in the Peerage of Ireland, in 1770, and was further created Baron Melbourne, of Melbourne in the County of Derby, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1815?


    Comment by Sid — 27th April, 2006 @ 4:31 pm

  11. Sajini,

    I haven’t been back to the UK for a couple of years so it’s worrying to see these “rise of the BNP” stories. I remember the NF from the late 70s and hope that the BNP follow them into obscurity as soon as possible. I’m somewhat reassured when I read items such as this piece by Aakash Chopra:

    This was the first time I’d seen an Indian wedding in England and it was quite an experience


    What was nice to see were English faces, not only in attendance but also obviously living it up. It says a lot about their attitude now as far as Indians here are concerned. It’s not just their acceptance of a “foreign” culture but also how they’re trying to be part of that culture as and when needed.

    Lord Melbourne:

    You also have your own cricket ground down here in Australia. Far more important than all those fancy titles.

    Comment by Average White English Person — 27th April, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

  12. Everyone,
    I propose a Cabinet reshuffle. Here’s my new, improved, sleaze-free Labour party:

    Health: David Clarke of Orion

    Education: Jurgen Habermas

    Transport: Some big thinkers at the TRL.

    The Environment: Thomas Homer-Dixon

    Bioethics: James J. Hughes

    Animal Rights: Peter Singer

    Gender : Martha C. Nussbaum

    Sexuality: Peter Tatchell

    Economics: Jagdish Bhagwati, and Amartya Sen, and Philippe Van Parijs

    Science and Technology: Feryal Ozel and Lawrence Lessig

    Foreign Policy: Kanan Makiya, and Christopher Hitchens, and Azar Nafisi

    International Relations: Fareed Zakaria and Michael Walzer

    Culture and Identity: Brian Barry, and Kwame A. Appiah, and Khaled M. Abou El Fadl.

    Democratic Justice: Cass R. Sunstein, and David Miller.

    National Security: Martin van Creveld and Michael Ignatieff

    Crime and Punishment: Shelly Kagan

    Oh well, a guy can dream can’t he?

    Comment by Amir — 27th April, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  13. If some of the links aren’t working…
    Just delete the slash (/) at the end of the Web address.

    Feel free to abuse my selection.

    Comment by Amir — 27th April, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

  14. Economics: Jagdish Bhagwati, and Amartya Sen, and Philippe Van Parijs

    Now you’re talking! Though I’d rather have Amartya Sen in foreign Policy than Hitchens thanks. Amartya Sen may just end up being the next Indian President.

    Comment by Sunny — 28th April, 2006 @ 12:12 am

  15. Just had a quick thought - we could do a ‘one-in, one-out’ policy, whereby we scan asylum seekers and potential immigrants the way Australians do, keep those with potential and deport an equal number of criminals as and when they’re found.

    Comment by SajiniW — 28th April, 2006 @ 8:47 am

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