» Tuesday, June 15, 2004


Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to the Chancellor today, sent him a card or present or bought him a drink to congratulate him on taking over from David Lloyd-George as Britain’s longest serving Chancellor, the PMOS said he didn’t know. In any event, the Prime Minister congratulated the Chancellor every day for his excellent management of the economy. Asked if they had spoken today to discuss the Chancellor’s Mansion House speech tomorrow or the forthcoming European Council meeting, the PMOS said that they were in regular contact, as you would expect. Today was no exception to the norm. Asked if the Prime Minister would like the Chancellor to serve another seven years in his post, the PMOS congratulated the journalist on the predictability of his question – but on little else.

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