Asked if he could characterise the Prime Minister’s mood, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister accepted that there were events which happened which you had to deal with. As he demonstrated at his press conference on Monday, he was determined to deal with those events and address the genuine concerns of people on issues such as the NHS, whilst at the same time keeping his eye on the big picture. That big picture was about pushing forward the reform agenda in the NHS and in education, taking the decisions that needed to be taken, whether it be on pensions or energy and other issues, pushing forward progress on Iraq and he would continue to do that. So he remained firmly focussed on the big picture whilst dealing with issues as they came along, even if they sometimes came along at a faster rate than at other times.
Asked how he responded to comments by the leader of the opposition saying the Prime Minister should carry out a Cabinet reshuffle, the PMOS said that he didn’t comment on reshuffle questions, no matter who they came from.
Asked how many resignation offers had been received by the Prime Minister in the last few days, the PMOS said that he had had one brief discussion with Charles Clarke on Tuesday. Asked if had received any at ministerial level, the PMOS said no. Asked if he had received any at all from people in Downing Street or anyone for that matter, the PMOS said that he wasn’t aware of any.
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