Sunday, 19 July 2009

Dry heave of the week!

Did anyone else catch Allegra Stratton's sycophantic puff-piece on James Purnell, our recently departed work and pensions secretary in Saturday's Guardian?

I was hoping she might manage to pin him down on how he thought it was a good idea to get a millionaire to do a review of incapacity benefit; not to mention his ingenuity in designating his London flat as his second home for expenses purposes, and the same flat as his main home for capital gains tax (avoidance) purposes. She could have asked if tax dodging is a suitable pursuit for the person who is supposed to be leading the fight against "benefit fraud".

But no such luck - although the starstruck Stratton was able to inform us that "his sideburns seem in rude health. He has a tan and is lightly freckled, and he has traded his ministerial suit for a pair of fashionable indigo jeans." Ahhh, nice!

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