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Blunkett: forget the accusations, marvel at the PR disaster

4 December 2004

Has David Blunkett done anything terribly wrong? Not really. Falling in love with the wrong person isn't morally wrong. Wanting to establish paternity of what are probably your own children isn't wrong. Fast tracking a visa application (if it's true) is pretty wrong, but giving someone a spare 180 rail ticket barely registers on any scale of morality, along with free rides in a government Jag.

Four out of five isn't bad by any moral standards, and so maybe Blunkett should be left alone. He's suffered enough already, surely? He went out with the woman who publishes The Spectator, the magazine of choice for the socially isolated right-wing nutcase, for God's sake. He probably had to make small talk about whether the Jews are controlling the weather before he even got the chance to impregnate a married woman.

But what is horribly compelling about the whole sad tale is the way that the government seems to lurch from one PR disaster to another. This week it's Blunkett, before that it was more hapless members of the Black Watch getting snuffed just when the whole nasty Falluja business had quietened down, before that it was George W winning an election by proving what a bellicose bastard he is... things don't go smoothly for New Labour, do they?

It's like some sort of cumulative jinx. If the trend continues then things can, ironically, only get worse for New Labour. Expect to see revelations that:

- David Milliband hunts humans for sport

- Jack Straw turns out to be a leading member of the Odessa network, and has been hiding Josef Mengele in his garden shed for the past 60 years

- Tony Blair is a member of a bizarre love triangle that also includes Michael Howard and Nicholas Soames.

Actually, that last one's true.

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