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Douglas Alexander admits he's a glove puppet

From Hansard:

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when a decision will be made on tenders for the construction of an airport on the Island of St. Helena; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Alexander: I expect a decision to be made shortly.

I raise this because of this, noted in The Guardian, and commented on at the Spectator's Coffee House:

"Earlier this year, the Foreign Office finally asked the Department for International Development to sign off on the airport. The file went up to the secretary of state, Douglas Alexander. But instead of giving the go-ahead himself, Alexander was required to pass the decision up to Downing Street. Brown insisted on reading all the papers in the St Helena file and afterwards asked personally to see all the tender documents, in case they did not give value for money. I am told the papers remain in Downing Street and that no final decision has yet been taken.”


So, 'I expect a decision to be made shortly' rather implies that wee Dougie is not making the decision himself. Was all that expensive education worth it if he is going to be micromanaged? His poor grasp of geography has been noted previously...

The image comes from the rather amusing Sky News Political Top Trumps card collection, as acquired at Conference. Thanks to Shane Greer for supplying them.

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Blogger Unsworth said... 11:18 am

Is this the beginning of a backlash against youthful-looking politicians?

Maybe there's some merit in looking like one has lived a little, then...  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:58 am

Being older than the leader of the opposition (if by only a year) and only just the Young Pretender's junior is horribly chastening. It was bad enough when I found I was older than everyone in the England football team.  



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