From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:
11/2/05 at 1:29PM
Mood: Thinking Playing: Hit the road Dave (and Tony and George)
David Blunkett has said he is “deeply sorry” for the embarrassment he has caused Tony Blair, after he resigned as work and pensions secretary.
He said he was guilty of making a mistake on three occasions and was now “paying the price for it”.
See also here.
An earlier entry from the Google cache:
UK: Blair government in Blunkett scandal
Date: 11/1/05 at 1:01PM
Mood: Looking Playing: Get up, Stand up, by Bob Marley
Not just the administration of George W. Bush in the USA is mired in scandals.
The same goes for the administration of Bush’s poodle in the Iraq war, global warming, and other, issues: Tony Blair in the United Kingdom.
Previous Blair scandals included those of his spin doctors Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson.
After resignation in shame, and recent re-appointment by Blair, Blunkett is back at it.
This time with a financial scandal:
Blair cabinet ally struggles to end furore over tech stock
Carl de Souza LONDON (AFP) – British government minister David Blunkett, a comeback ally of Prime Minister Tony Blair, faced lingering doubts over his political future despite efforts to end a furore over his links with a technology firm.
Blunkett, the works and pensions secretary, said Monday he had asked the trustees of his sons’ holdings in DNA Bioscience to dispose of shares he had bought for them, and that they agreed to do so, but the opposition Conservatives were still calling on him to resign.
DNA Bioscience, in which Blunkett bought the shares in trust for his sons, is said to have been a potential bidder for a contract from the Child Support Agency, which is overseen by the works and pensions department. …
Blair’s government hoped that the statement would signal an end to the issue, less than a year after Blunkett was forced to resign as home secretary following revelations of his affair with a married US-born publisher. …
Blunkett stepped down as home secretary in December 2004 over his role in fast-tracking a resident’s visa for a Philippine nanny employed by his ex-lover Kimberly Fortier, the married publisher of the conservative Spectator magazine with whom he fathered a child.
The name Blunkett, also spelled Plunkett, is well known in the British isles.
In the seventeenth century, there was Irish Oliver Plunkett.
The British government had him killed.
He was beheaded.
His head is still in Saint Peter’s Church at Drogheda, Ireland, as a relic.
The Roman Catholic church made him a saint.
Extremely few people, apart from Blair, Bush, Karl Rove and Lewis Libby will consider David Blunkett a saint.