29 March 2009

Brown’s Sunday from hell

With the overnight news that Cameron will meet Obama on Wednesday, Brown now faces a few other unwelcome distractions on pre-summit Sunday.

1. Hopes of reaching agreement at the G20 over a further stimulus are in disarray after the leaking of the draft communiqué;

2. The Tory poll lead is now 13%;

3. Scotland's largest building society collapses after incurring losses of £26m;

4. Lord Myners, the minister in charge of the government’s assault on tax havens, has used a blind trust to conceal £250,000 of his own money offshore.  Sir Tom McKillop’s letter to MPs challenging Myners’s version of events over Goodwin’s pension has yet to surface;

5. Adam Ingram a Labour former minister, who earns more than £115,000 from outside interests, has failed to declare a family firm that could be used to avoid tax.  On Friday he declared he was leaving the Commons at the next election;

6. The Mail on Sunday launches a petition to demand a full enquiry into MPs' expenses, as another Labour MP is exposed over housing allowances;

7. Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate, the Labour peer, is being investigated over his activities as the paid chairman of a private security firm;

8. Labour MP Nigel Griffiths fails to get details of his sex romps silenced;

9. The respected historian Andrew Roberts kicks Brown’s plans for the monarchy into touch; and

10. Jacqui Smith’s husband used her Commons expenses allowance to pay to watch pornographic films.

Is it any coincidence that with Mandy out of the country, there is not much Labour spin in the papers this Sunday?  All is not lost.   The BBC’s Sunday Labour love-in is yet to start.

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