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Anyone Fancy A Top-Up?

by | 28th, January 2004

‘STEVE McQueen did it on a motorbike, but Tony Blair’s great escape was achieved by a rearguard offensive led by Gordon Brown and John Prescott.

Blair denies hedging his bets

Facing a catastrophic defeat in the matter of student top-up fees, Tony achieved a winning margin of just five votes.

A victory margin of just one is enough, of course, but as the Guardian reminds readers, the Government enjoys a Commons’ majority of 161 MPs.

For this reason, it is only a victory ‘of sorts’, as the paper puts it, having been achieved at considerable cost to Blair’s Teflon coating.

Not that Our Tone’s looking all that glum. If he has been in a fight the Independent says he has, calling this student vote Round One, with Lord Hutton waiting for him in Round Two his teeth are unscathed.

Indeed, he’s showing them off on the cover of the Guardian, positively smiling, grinning even.

The reason for Tony’s apparent happiness could be that he’s just read the Independent’s story that a leaked copy of the Hutton report claims that

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