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by | 16th, November 2005

‘TONY Blair might be drinking in the last chance saloon, but he’s not supping alone.

Last orders?

Yesterday, Tony led the Government to victory in the Commons. The Tory-led attempt to block a move towards 24-hour pub opening was defeated by 302 votes to 228. That a win even if two former ministers, Frank Field and Kate Hoey, voted against the Government.

There’s a caricature of Tony celebrating his win in the Times. Tony’s madly grinning face is seen on a sign for a pub called “The FIRKIN TOSSER”.

While throwing away a can with “CRACKDOWN ON BINGERS” written down the side, Tony’s draining a glass labelled “24 HOUR OPENING”.

Another Labour rebellion has been averted, and from next Thursday drinkers can spend all day and night in the boozer.

Although not all pubs. Drinkers at the famous Red Lion public house, Westminster will be thrown out at the usual time.

For those of you not in the know, the Red Lion is on Parliament Street, barely a projectial vomit from the polished doors of No. 10 Downing Street.

And it will not be open round the clock. It won’t even be open all that late. As the Telegraph says, the pub frequented by politicians, civil servants and journalists has been denied permission to open as late as 2am on some week nights.

Westminster city council and the Metropolitan police are concerned that

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