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IT WAS less a pre-election bribe and more a post-crisis sting. Chancellor Alistair Darling had always made clear that the whole country should share the pain.
THE red benches of the House of Lords groaned under the weight of the tiaras. There was more bling on display than in a rap video.
THE Prime Minister has been slow to react to recent immigration controversy, with reflexes like a lumbering boxer moments before he is counted out.
HE IS known as the "heir to Blair" but the last thing David Cameron wants is one of his political predecessors haunting his anticipated premiership.
AMAZING what the Prime Minister can achieve while on holiday: in between watching football matches and volunteering, Gordon Brown, thanks to the PR-savvy of wife Sarah, has managed to mount a guerrilla cyberspace campaign to harness support for the welfare state.
HE MAY portray himself as a "kindly pussycat", but Peter Mandelson bears more resemblance to a leopard.
WHAT is the price of a British passport? A lot more than £77.50 plus the £800 citizenship application fee.
POLITICS used to be showbiz for ugly people, but today even the younger replacement for jilted Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips could struggle to get on to the floor of the House of Commons.
WATCH and learn Iran, this is how to mount a revolution.
GORDON Brown's friends insist that the only way he can leave Number 10 is in a bodybag. His detractors certainly don't wish that kind of departure, but still crave a sharp exit nonetheless.
PETER Mandelson, once known as the Prince of Darkness, is now the Prime Minister's own Prince Charming after he saved Gordon Brown's political skin. When the news came in that James Purnell was resigning on Thursday night, Lord Mandelson urgently texted the PM's main challengers, David Miliband and Alan Johnson.
WHEN Gordon Brown asked the judges of Britain's Got Talent about Susan Boyle's wellbeing, it may well have been a covert attempt to find out how to get a speedy referral to the Priory.
THE smell of political corpses is wafting through the Labour corridors.
WHILE Gordon Brown took his Cabinet on a magical mystery tour of Liverpool to seek inspiration for dealing with the economic crisis, the other main parties were deconstructing their top teams.
AT HOLYROOD, politicians open their parliamentary sessions with a "time for reflection". At Westminster, there is no such contemplative luxury: MPs go straight for "prayers". Perhaps they have more reason to – metaphorically – drop to their knees and seek redemption and guidance, particularly in these troubled times.
WHY do so many of us repeat our mistakes? According to psychologists, humans are programmed to replicate patterns, even destructive ones.
IN THE first term of his premiership, Tony Blair admitted the biggest mistake his government made was to pass off a measly 75p-a-week rise in pensions as a massive giveaway. I paraphrase, but you get the picture. The man in charge of that spin was Gordon Brown, the then Chancellor.
AS ALISTAIR Darling, the Chancellor, rose to his feet at 3:29pm yesterday, the Commons benches bristled in anticipation at one of the most important speeches on the UK economy for decades.