Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Belinda Oaten on "The Ordeal"

"Some Problems with the Script”

Kennedy’s spokesman’s euphemism has the potential of legend about it. “Too blind drunk to read it” just does not have the same ring. Guido is wary of mocking Kennedy, in fact if you are reading this Charles – lets do lunch – Friday is always good for me. Push the boat out, polish off some of the the good stuff. Sod ‘em. You are just not cut out for a career in after dinner speaking – before dinner speaking maybe…

Guido once gave an after-dinner speech sober – it was my wedding speech. Never again.

Blair Should He Stay, Or Should He Go?

Should He Stay, Or Should He Go?

If You Missed the Show Last Night…

Hang Out the Bunting

Propeller-Head Wonk Watch: The new Director of Demos, Madeleine Bunting, is leaving Demos to go back to the Guardian. If this story seems familiar it is because she has only just arrived from the Guardian.

Don’t expect much of a whip-round for a leaving pressie Madeleine.


Seen Elsewhere

What Did Britain Really Look Like in 1930s? | CapX
Who Is Steering Labour’s Strategy? | Ballot Box
Greens are UKIP for Young People | Telegraph
Short-Termism of CCHQ | ConHome
May Aide: CCHQ Are Being Misleading | Telegraph
Tories Planning For Second Election | Guardian
We Are Losing Cyber War | Fraser Nelson
Osborne Aide Lands Pay Rise | Mirror
The Sick Of It | Sun
UKIP MEP’s Welfare Hypocrisy | Channel 4
Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker


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The Economist asks Tony Blair about Wendi Deng:

“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”


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