Scandal and crisis as Britian’s prime mininster tries to put “black Wednesday” “ behind him.T ony Blair faces trying to rally his Cabinet and to restore his labour party’s authority as a government with three of his ministers embroiled in controversy.
Opposition politicians such as Norman Baker of the centrist Liberal Democrats say it’s history repeating itself:
“What you see now is the arrogance from the Labour government which is frankly, mirroring what has happened to the Tories in the 1990s. There’s a “fin de siècle” atmosphere about this government, they don’t appear to be about to sort themselves out, and if they don’t sort themselves out, the electorate will.
Yesterday Blair’s deputy, John Prescott, admitted to having a two-year affair with a civil servant. Photographs of the pair have been published in newspapers although Prescott says the relationship is over.
On the same day, one of Blair’s close allies and minister of the interior, Charles Clarke was forced to apologise. His ministry has wrongly released a thousand foreign criminals when they should have been deported.
And Health minister, Patricia Hewitt has been facing jeers and heckling from workers in the public health sector. She announced that the NHS was having one of its best years, despite a financial crisis which has led to thousands of job cuts. All this as the country goes to the polls next week for local elections.