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Subject Elections - opportunities and threats

Terry, good to see you at the golf club last week - it's time we took it up on a regular basis. Trouble is, you might have two sets of election fees this year - same day too, you jammy bugger - but no such luck here. I can't see my pension position being maximised for another four years, though I am praying for a hung parliament and another shot sooner. Suppose I could keep leaking my dissatisfaction to the press until they come up with the right deal for me. I fancy 'Doing a Henshaw.'

Sorry to hear you might be getting some Lib Dems this time, but we haven't had much trouble with ours. Much like the Tories really - though generally better educated. And they talk more. You might find some of your afternoon meetings start to threaten sherry time.

Two pieces of advice: make sure the tea in the members' lounge is fairly traded, and don't ever mention Jeremy Thorpe.

To Brian.Blarneymonger@


Thanks for the advice. Have just sent Martha out to stock up with Twinings. Actually, I have already talked to my leader about the need for some changes if we are going to move up to 'excellent'.

She looked quizzical for a moment, then said: 'Is it time we had a new head of trading standards?' Most gratifying to have it confirmed that my position in their minds retains that status of effortless invulnerability for which one strives. I did eventually get the message across, though, and I'm going at the end of September.

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