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- As he so much, and for so long, wanted to be Prime Minister, has the right hon. Gentleman been reflecting on the advice of an earlier, and more successful, dealer in gold, King Midas, who warned be careful what you wish for, you may receive it in a poisoned chalice? Or is he planning to pass the chalice to his charming deputy?
- Does my right hon. Friend fully recognise the contrast in efficiency between the inquiries into the Crimean war, and the Dardanelles campaign when compared with the disgraceful incompetence of the Chilcot inquiry into widely held suspicions that Mr Blair conspired with President George W. Bush several months before March of 2003, and then systematically sought to falsify the evidence on which that action was taken?
- Was my right hon. Friend taught, at whatever school he happened to attend, that one of the key functions of Parliament over the centuries has been to diminish what the historians have called the overmighty subject. In the 18th century, it was the Indian nabobs, denounced by Edmund Burke. In the 19th century, it was the ruthless industrialists, humanised by Shaftesbury. In the 20th century, it was the trade union leaders, tamed by Lady Thatcher. Today, the allmighty subject is the bankers. In the United States, the federal authorities are prosecuting a wide swathe of the top banks. When is that going to happen here?