Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Dave Is Not a Diamond Geezer

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Dave Is Not a Diamond Geezer

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Ed Miliband may have left himself exposed after demanding that G4S, winner of Olympic gold for corporate incompetence, be suspended from bidding for public contracts. The name of the firm hired to provide security at this autumn's Labour conference? G4S. Should Ed Mili hear the snap of rubber gloves being pulled on for a strip search after he's called out of the line, he should take it personally.

David Cameron will be shedding no tears this summer for Bob Diamond. Indeed, I hear the Prime Spinner chuckled when the shamed former Barclays boss proved Diamonds aren't for ever. The PM has the prodigious memory of an elephant and the thin skin of a butterfly wing. He recalls, I'm told, an occasion when Diamond treated him like a failed bond dealer in front of officials during a No 10 summit. He who laughs last, etc.

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The Tory infantryman Tobias Ellwood, on the other hand, has a suspect memory. The one-time Royal Green Jackets captain was overheard expressing pride in troops parading under Big Ben. Hmm ... the Bournemouth blusterer led the campaign to rename the Clock Tower the Elizabeth Tower in honour of Her Maj. Capt Ellwood's failure to use the correct designation suggests it'll never catch on.

The sad death at 57 of Marsha Singh, four months after he resigned in Bradford West, prompted a Labour snout to mutter that the ex-MP's passing proved Harriet Harman wrong. Bradford's by-election brought the third coming of "Gorgeous George" Galloway after he showed no Respect to Labour's candidate, Imran Hussain. …

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