May 05, 2006

Blair must go now

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Charlie Whelan, a former Brownite bruiser, pulls no punches today following the local election results:

The prime minister won't quit of course; it couldn't possibly be his fault that no one wants to vote Labour anymore could it? Realistically the only people who can rid us of Tony Blair are the Labour MPs, though we cannot expect too much from a bunch of people who voted in favour of the war. I don't know what MPs do in their spare time but they clearly don't listen to their constituents much. If they did, they would surely have moved before the last election to dump their leader. The big question today is: will this so far spineless bunch of people finally have the guts to do the dirty deed.

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  1. In 1997 or 98, I was travelling home from Scotland by train with my family, and sitting on the other side of the carriage were Charlie Whelan and his wife. They were pleasant enough to talk to, and I remember they gave us a carton of Ribena, which was very kind of them. The next day we read in the paper that he'd resigned.

    Just thought I'd share that :)

    05 May 2006, 12:59

  2. Thanks Edward. Interesting little story. When Charlie Whelan used to do his Sunday morning show on Radio 5, I really thought he'd lost that bullish edge which is very apparent in this piece and clearly and unsurprisingly absent in his more human relations and his encounter with you on the train.

    05 May 2006, 13:27

  3. Gareth Herbert

    Of course the fact that hardly a day passes without someone calling for Blair to resign makes it kind've less dramatic and actually a tad dull. Also if Labour try to purge their leader they'll rip their party in half – it'd make great television though.

    05 May 2006, 18:59

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