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Who is really running the country? [Aug. 18th, 2009|10:26 am]
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There's a storm in an eggcup today over Alistair Darling spending only half the week in London and the rest  in Scotland while he takes his turn as Gordon Brown's stand-in during the Prime Minister's "holiday". The Tories claim the Chancellor's movements show that ministers have given up trying to run the country. "Rubbish," snarl friends of Darling. "The last time we checked, Edinburgh was still part of the UK."
Wherever he is, it seems that Darling is adopting a typically low-key approach to his week minding the shop for Brown, who is spending most of August in his Scottish constituency after a brief  family holiday in the Lake District. That's in contrast to Lord Mandelson and Harriet Harman, who both enjoyed a high profile during their week-long stints. Returning from my hols, the gossip at Westminster is that Labour enjoyed its best week for a long time with Mandelson at the helm. He had a couple of announcements up his sleeve and was effective as he went on the attack over Tory frontbencher Alan Duncan's complaints about MPs being on rations and the Tory MEP Dan Hannan's criticism of the NHS.
Most of the speculation about Brown's stand-ins is academic. It's pretty obvious who is running the country. The Prime Minister, of course.

From: blairsheaven77
2009-08-19 02:30 pm (UTC)

The same people who were running it last week, year, century.


i.e. those who control the money.