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Sep. 1st, 2006

It’s all right. We made it. A fortnight without Tony at the tiller but we somehow muddled through. Now he’s back and raring to make it all better, again. Never mind that his own party, not to mention the rest of the country, is now openly staring at him and saying “Are you still here?”. He’s promising to rejuvenate a flagging administration with—wait for it—new policy initiatives. Because nothing says vision and purpose like a flurry of ill-conceived soundbites that everyone, including the people responsible for them, will have forgotten within two years.

Anyway, he knows full well that the only initiative anyone wants to see from him now is a sudden glance at his watch followed by the phrase “Heavens, is that the time?” and a hasty exit. Won’t happen, of course. Dislodging him as PM will probably take a Thatcher-style coup (Maggie or Mark, I’m not fussed).

Since I jotted that down a couple of days ago, idly intending to append something to it at some point, Tony has moved swiftly to exceed all my expectations, in so doing firmly reinforcing the link between the words “New Labour” and “creepy”:
Tomorrow's potential troublemakers can be identified even before they are born, Tony Blair has suggested.


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Sep. 1st, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
Eh, he's not wrong really. What he's saying is no different from the assertion that many, many of us make that people should have to have licenses to have children.

I say this coming from a family that wouldn't have got a license.
Sep. 1st, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
In principle, I usually agree, but it's quite another thing to see what it would look like if the state decided it really was going to intervene. Turns out it's not pretty.
Sep. 1st, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
I personally think it's high time the state stops pussyfooting around and gets down to some serious interfering.
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