June 5, 2009

WERE BRITAIN STILL FUNCTIONAL...:

No 10 on desperate rescue operation as Hutton and Purnell quit (Paul Waugh and Joe Murphy, 05.06.09, Evening Standard)

Defence Secretary John Hutton this morning said he would stand down at the next election. Mr Hutton cited "family reasons" for his decision.

The news came after an extraordinary night of drama in No 10. Whips were hitting the phones to backenchers through the small hours in a bid to shore up support and limit what aides called the “shrapnel damage” caused by James Purnell's resignation.

In the Downing Street “bunker”, the mood was one of shock that the former Work and Pensions Secretary had broken cover with a carefully planned strike just before the polls closed last night.

The air was thick with four-letter words when Mr Purnell's fateful email, containing his resignation letter, finally pinged into the No 10 inbox at 9.55pm — minutes after Sky News showed his resignation was already on the first edition front pages of the Sun, Guardian and Times.


...the monarch would dismiss this government and call elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2009 7:13 AM
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