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David Blunkett

Asked if the Prime Minister had any plans to meet with David Blunkett on his return the PMS said she had not seen the diary for after his return yet. Asked if David Blunkett had sought a special meeting with the Prime Minister while he was on his holiday the PMS said that she would not comment on the Prime Minister’s private holiday.

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  1. So basically ANYTHING could happen on "the PMs private holiday" but no comment would be shortcoming because it’s PRIVATE. I’m sorry, but the Prime Minister does not have that privelege – that is why he is the PRIME MINISTER. Anything that happens in government should be open to public scrutiny, at any time, regardless of whether the PM is on holiday or not. If the privacy of his holiday was so important, he shouldn’t be hobnobbing with high-profile fraudsters and pop-stars.

    Comment by PapaLazzzaru — 23 Aug 2004 on 6:00 pm | Link
  2. …hobnobbing with fraudsters and pop-stars; you’d think he was off to Ibiza or something.

    As for the core issue – if I do "work" things on my holiday, it’s classified as a "work thing". If the PM has meetings regarding the business of government, then he is duty-bound to offer some transparency.

    You know. "transparency" – the quality of being able to see through a thing. Applies to so much the PM has done to date; dossiers which are transparently false, commissions transparently rigged, quangos transparently manipulated.

    Comment by Gregory Block — 26 Aug 2004 on 2:59 pm | Link
  3. Well, the PM and his ministers have a right to privacy. Their officials are also legitimately concerned about their security. This is creditable.

    They also seem happy to mix up the two, which is less creditable, but there we go.

    Comment by Chris Lightfoot — 27 Aug 2004 on 1:13 am | Link
  4. You all miss the point.The P.M.is never on holiday as such it`s the nature of the job!.If you take it to it`s logical conclusion you would have to say every telephone call the P.M.make`s should be made public,anything/everything he does should be made public.

    Comment by george dutton — 27 Aug 2004 on 2:26 am | Link
  5. We didn’t ALL miss the point – I made the very same point as you just have right at the start.

    Comment by PapaLazzzaru — 27 Aug 2004 on 2:37 am | Link
  6. "The P.M.is never on holiday as such it`s the nature of the job"…

    Nope. Human being sitting in 10 Downing Street is just as deserving of a day off as human being sitting behind your keyboard. These are people; the more we expect them to behave inhumanly, the more inhuman we can expect them to be.

    If you’re for politics that allows politicians to be ordinary people, with all of our visible flaws and failings, we’ve got to start cutting them some slack. Otherwise, we’re just encouraging the spin culture we all seem to want to go away; you can’t make the spin go away and still not let them have human flaws.

    (Well, actually, you can, but you’d be a hypocrite. 😉

    Comment by Gregory Block — 27 Aug 2004 on 10:05 am | Link
  7. I bow to those who know more about SPIN then me!.

    Comment by george dutton — 27 Aug 2004 on 12:30 pm | Link

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