The Minister for Fitness

Caroline Flint is well known and admired by many, especially when throwing a few shapes on the dance-floor as at last year’s Labour party conference. She does have a nice smile.

She hopes to transform the public into a fitter and more active nation in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics. She says “The biggest gains to health and to the economy will be made by encouraging more physical activity among groups of people who don’t normally do any.” Quite, and she need only look to the tubbies in the government to start with, Fatty Clarke is gone, but Reid and Prezza remain as cabinet heavyweights. Gordon Brown is no lightweight either

If Prezza did some exercise beyond occasionally swinging a croquet mallet and giving secretaries dictation he might not feel so impotent.

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Writing in this week’s Spectator Diary, the former Chancellor and Evening Standard editor attempted to encapsulate how Boris operates…

“My children have the measure of our prime minister. A couple of years ago, my son and I went for a lovely Sunday lunch at his house in Oxfordshire — where he has a Kalashnikov mounted on the wall. Boris suggested we play a game. A tug of war, but with a difference. The rope is tied around your waist and the contest takes place across a swimming pool. If you lose you end up in the water, fully clothed.

That’s Johnson for you: fun, inventive but ruthless. I suspect his brother Jo had one ducking too many.”


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