Who Wants to Be a PM?; Prior to the Russian Presidential Elections Yesterday, the Candidates Agreed to Appear on a Special Edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Chief Feature Writer Jason Beattie Imagines What Would Happen If the Prime Minister Tony Blair Were to Appear on the Quiz Show in This Country

By Beattie, Jason | The Birmingham Post (England), March 27, 2000 | Go to article overview

Who Wants to Be a PM?; Prior to the Russian Presidential Elections Yesterday, the Candidates Agreed to Appear on a Special Edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Chief Feature Writer Jason Beattie Imagines What Would Happen If the Prime Minister Tony Blair Were to Appear on the Quiz Show in This Country


Beattie, Jason, The Birmingham Post (England)


Chris Tarrant: Our first contestant is Tony Blair. Tony is a Prime Minister and comes from Islington. He is interested in politics and running the country.

His wife, Cherie is sitting in the audience and his children are watching the programme at their home in London. Tony says if he wins a million he would like to spend the money on health and education rather than tax cuts.

Tony, for pounds 100, what is the the name of your party? Is it:

A) New Labour. B) The Socialist Workers Party. C) Old Labour. D) Let's have an 18th Birthday Party.

Tony Blair: Is it A? Yes, I think it is A, New Labour.

Chris Tarrant: Are you sure?

Tony Blair: Yes, it's definitely A.

Chris Tarrant: That's the right answer.

Next question, for pounds 200, who is your preferred candidate for the mayor of London? Is it:

A) Stephen Norris. B) Frank Dobson. C) Ken Livingstone. Or D) Jeffrey Archer.

Take your time.

Tony Blair: No, it's all right I know this one: it's B Frank Dobson.

Chris Tarrant: Is the right answer.

For pounds 400 who of the following is still a Cabinet Minister.

I repeat, is still a Cabinet Minister? Is it:

A) Ron Davies. B) Harriet Harman. C) Frank Field or D) Peter Mandelson.

Tony Blair (sweating): I'm not 100 per cent sure but I think Peter is still in the Cabinet. Yes, I'll go for Peter Mandelson, D.

Chris Tarrant: Is that your final answer?

Tony Blair: Yes. It's D.

Chris Tarrant: Well done. D is the right answer.

Next question. For pounds 800 can you name your favourite meal. Is it:

A) Fish and chips. B) Fresh fettucini with an exotic sauce of olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes and capers. C) Faggots and peas. D) A Big Mac.

Tony Blair: I'm not sure if I can remember. Can I play 50-50?

Chris Tarrant: Please take two of the options away.

The screen shows A) Fish and Chips and B) Fresh fettucini.

Tony Blair (fiddles with cuff): I think I'll go for A.

Chris Tarrant: Is that your final answer?

Tony Blair: Yes, A.

Chris Tarrant: Well, both A) and B) are correct. In The Rose, an in-house Labour magazine you say your favourite food is fish and chips which you buy from the local chippie in your Sedgefield constituency but in The Islington Cook Book you declare your favourite recipe is 'fresh fettucini garnished with an exotic sauce of olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes and capers.'

Next question. Remember if you get this one right then you are guaranteed to walk home with pounds 1,000.

Who is the leader of the opposition: Is it:

A) Rhodri Morgan. B) Ken Livingstone. C) Gordon Brown or D) William Hague.

Tony Blair: Hey, you know Gordon and I have had our disagreements but really we are great mates. I'll go for D) William Hague. He's the bald guy isn't he?

Chris Tarrant: Well done Tony. You've got pounds 1,000 in your pocket. Let's see if we can get to the million.

For pounds 2,000, which is your Government's priority? Is it:

A) Education, education, education. B) Health. C) To be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. Or D) To tax and spend.

Tony Blair: My, that's a tough one. It used to be education but now I think we've changed it to health. Can I ask the audience?

Chris Tarrant: OK audience, now's your chance. Please vote for the which you think is the Government's main priority.

(The audience cast their votes.)

Chris Tarrant: Some 20 per cent think it's health, ten per cent think it's education, two per cent crime and a massive 68 per cent think it is to tax and spend. …

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