Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

That memo nonsense

As honourable as I find this sort of thing and the subsequent support, does anyone else get the feeling that something’s not right here?

Am I merely being cynical in thinking this could be a deliberate ploy to keep the “look – Tony Blair really DOES have influence with Bush” story running for a bit in the wake of his Terrorism Bill defeat? (And in any case, I’m pretty sure that Bush isn’t stupid enough to seriously suggest deliberately targetting al Jazeera – it sounds more like a Reaganesque “we start bombing in five minutes” joke.)

This is all far too much like the whole “whatever you do, don’t throw me into the briar patch” thing. Why has the government opted for such heavy handed methods when there are subtler ways of keeping the story under wraps?