Friday, December 14, 2007
Can anybody come up with a credible explanation of Hal's decision to turn up late in Lisbon? He didn't want to sign 'in the public glare' says Tom Bower, but he did sign in the public glare. The TV cameras were on him as he was led through the debris of lunch to sign alone. By turning up late he multiplied the publicity effect and by signing late he compounded the humiliation. Even brownies like John Kampfner are exasperated. In fact, of course, the only credible explanation is stark incompetence. Which is why politics is suddenly so interesting. And, meanwhile, Blair is showing him how it should be done in the incomparable Barney's latest vid. We are so blessed with our leaders. 'Dignified', that's the word I'm looking for.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:23 am