Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Mucky pots and kettles

Vote Labour and end Tory sleaze. That was the sentiment with which Tony Blair was swept to power in 1997. The sleaze wasn't about John Major but some of his Conservative MPs who had received brown envelopes stuffed with cash and the sexual adventures of others. Whilst John Major tried to avert attention back to the substance of his party, Labour and the media did everything they could to keep such distractions in the public eye, sell newspapers and cast doubt on the integrity of a Conservative Government.

Jump forward eight years later and the boot is very much on the other foot, Tony Blair pleads that his integrity should not become THE issue to determine the outcome of the election and focus should remain on Labour's policies. He is quite right of course, but he was quite happy to ignore this when it was expedient to do so in the past.

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