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Short Circuit

by | 1st, March 2004

‘TONY Blair eats babies, boils live kittens and makes his children listen to the Ugly Rumours’ Greatest Hits double album before they go to bed every night.

The Right Horrible Clare Short

And those are just the mildest of the claims made recently by former International Development Secretary and Toy Thrower Clare Short.

In an interview with Jonathan Dimbleby yesterday, Ms Short went as far as accusing the Government of trying to gag her – or more specifically reminding her of the oath she swore when she joined the Cabinet and was made a Privy Councillor.

Brandishing a piece of paper in the manner of Neville Chamberlain, she said: ‘I’ve had a letter from the Secretary of the Cabinet…saying I mustn’t give any interviews and otherwise he reserves the right of the Crown to take further action.

“So that’s a threat and I am here.’

As threats go, the letter from Sir Andrew Turnbull reads more like a report from your fifth year geography teacher than a visit from the Mitchell brothers.

‘I have to admit to being extremely disappointed by your behaviour,” Sir Andrew says.

“I very much regret that you have seen fit to make claims which damage the interests of the United Kingdom.’

But what should the Government do about

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