Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Egging on the politicians - compare and contrast

Today Mr Cameron was hit by an egg thrown by a protester. His response,
"Now I know which came first - the chicken not the egg."***
The egg-thrower was briefly detained, and then released,
after police established that he was not carrying any more missiles.
To balance this report let's look back to what happened in 2001 when, whilst electioneering in Rhyl, Mr Prescott had an egg thrown at him. His response
Mr Prescott grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and thumped him
and the protester
spent seven hours at Rhyl police station after his arrest
and then was
released on police bail in connection with the incident
And then?
North Wales Police ... spent four months investigating the incident [and sent] a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.
And finally CPS decided that
in Mr Prescott's case is that, for reasons of self defence, there is not a realistic prospect of a conviction.

"In Mr Evans's case, the CPS has concluded that a prosecution would serve no useful purpose, taking into account the minor nature of the assault as well as the fact that he suffered some minor injury himself and spent several hours in police custody.
Refers to this light-hearted incident with the Daily Mirror's chicken

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