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by | 19th, November 2003

‘WHEN Lord Nelson was ordered to halt bombardment of the Danish fleet in the middle of the Battle of Copenhagen, he deliberately put his eyeglass to his blind eye and thereby claimed never to have seen the command.


Had Sports Minister Richard Caborn had a deaf ear, he would have been well advised to have put the phone to it and feigned ignorance of a command from Labour whips to return home from Australia for tonight’s Commons vote on foundation hospitals and so forfeit his seat at this weekend’s Rugby World Cup final.

Instead, the blunt Yorkshireman ”flew into a rage”, according to the Telegraph, and expressed his displeasure in what is normally referred to as Anglo-Saxon language.

His spokesman refused to reveal the exact nature of his tirade, saying: ”I can’t tell you. It’s before the watershed.”

However, there is a more serious side to the story as the Guardian notes, suggesting for a start that it shows how worried the Government is about tonight’s vote.

Downing Street concedes that it will be close, despite the fact that Labour has a 164-seat majority in the House of Commons.

”It is

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