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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Things are going from bad to 'very' bad for Tony, and his government appears to be slipping out of his grasp, let alone control, over the issue of when he's going to resign..
There has been today a wave of resignations by junior members of his government over his refusal to name a date for resignation as Labour leader.
He branded ex-junior minister Tom Watson, the most senior person to quit, "disloyal, discourteous and wrong" for signing a letter urging him to go.
The resignations came as Mr Blair faces growing pressure to name a departure date before the end of the year.

Just minutes after Mr Watson announced his decision to quit, Tony said he was going to sack him anyway.
Watson and the six parliamentary secretaries were among 17 normally loyal Labour MPs who signed a letter calling on Mr Blair to quit.
The six were: Khalid Mahmood, Wayne David, Ian Lucas, Mark Tami, Chris Mole and David Wright.
They resigned saying 'it was no longer in the country's best interests for Mr Blair to remain in office'. Mr Watson has already been replaced by junior transport minister Derek Twigg.

Now it was reported earlier here, that rumours were flying about that Tony will go on May 31st next year but Number 10 has insisted it did not leak the date adding it would not be giving a "running commentary on dates".
Meanwhile, leading Brownites are calling for the prime minister to make a public declaration about when he will go, so that he cannot go back on it.
One of the chancellor's closest allies, who asked not to be named, has said: "From Gordon's point of view there has to be a public statement.
"Blair has to let it be known when he will go and there has to be a public declaration."

Ex-minister Doug Henderson, also a Brown supporter, says he cannot see what Mr Blair will achieve in the next 12 months.
"There should be a new leader in place by the end of March," says he, in time for the local elections and mid-term polls in Scotland and Wales.
Ex-Cabinet minister David Blunkett believes that it was now "pretty clear that there is an understanding about a date next year - whether it's 31 May when he announces it, is open to speculation".
Commons leader Jack Straw says Labour MPs should stop their "obsession" about the timetable for Mr Blair's departure, but he added that he would be "very happy to serve with Gordon Brown".
Conservative leader David Cameron said the government was "in meltdown", while Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell added that Mr Blair "should either resign or state a date".

Meanwhile, back at the Conservative ranch, David Cameron is in India, where he stated the benefits of globalisation cannot simply be celebrated.
There are depressed towns in the UK "where the winds of globalisation feel like a chilling blast, not an invigorating breeze", said he..

A few hours later Burberry said it was laying off 300 workers in the Rhondda valley and moving production abroad.
David said it was wrong to blame immigrants for driving down wages, when it is actually the result of globalisation.

Cameron added that the West was "dangerously complacent" about the economic threat from a furiously growing India and China...
A bilateral free trade agreement between the EU and India could be the answer if no progress is made in the Doha round of trade talks.
He compared the booming Indian economy with Britain where competitiveness has been moving "in the wrong direction" since Labour came to power,saying India should be on the United Nations Security Council, and also in the G8.
Globalisation should not allow the homogenisation of culture and cities across the world , Mr Cameron said.
"I don't want a world that has become a kind of bland universal mush where our distinctive cultures and histories and identities have are gone. I want India to be India and Britain to be Britain."

Best of luck with that, David.

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