So there's less than an hour to go until John Prescott's bezzie mate Philip Anschutz is awarded the Super Casion licence for the Dome. If that doesn't happen, then I'm a Dutchman. Still, another chapter for the ever expanding Encyclopedia of New Labour Sleaze... What a truly wretched government this is. Will I be eating my words at 11am?
The last year has it's own case for a Big Book of Labour Sleaze - just for 2006!
Let's hope it's Blackpool. I've thought for ages that it would be better to have one city with lots of casinos (Vegas-style) than to have a casino in every city.
That way it's a special trip to go to the casino, not a way to lose all your money on the way home from work on a dark winter Tuesday.
Prescott doesn't listen to people like me, because I'm not rich.
Pray for a miracle - anywhere but Greenwich.
Then watch the solids hit the rotational air-circulator.
Apparently Blackpool has very suddenly moved to 100/1 ON on Betfair - looks like some insiders might be making a few quid.
Wonder if,in the fullness of time, there will be any ex ministerial directors?
Im guessing they hope this story will distract from the interest in Cash for Honours etc. Maybe a Peerage will be a top prize at the Super casino?
Interesting stuff, empty suit, very interesting...
On a lighter note, it matters not if Iain has to eat his hat. In the old days of 'Pop Idol' there was one 'winner' and the rest would be sent back to obscurity - schadenfreude was one [the only?] reason for watching.
But now in our X-Factor world, all the contestants have agents, and even the losers [sic] try to bask in their ten, if not fifteen, minutes of fame.
So it will turn out with the casino licences. Blackpool may get the main one. But all the others will get a licence of sorts, maybe when the hot political stuff has died down, and Prescott is able to kickback and hoe down to his retirement gaff [surely 'gaffe'?] in the countryside.
I presume that if it isn't Greenwich that you will change your name to Van Dale, stop commenting on British political affairs, start supporting Ajax and apologise to Prezza for libelling him before catching the next ferry from Felixstowe - but somehow I doubt it!
Peter Anschluss appears to think he has the whip hand over the Blair Administration, invading and taking over control, even, to suit his personal gain.
Considering who he is "up against" - Jowells and Prescott, I am not surprised he thinks he can threaten. If Labour allow Grenwich after the audacity of those hoodlums, then they really are under the thumb.
Whomsoever in NL agreed to a deal so preposterous that the taxpayer could be held to ransom should be dragged before the HoL, lambasted and then metaphorically set upon a spike and displayed on the railings outside for all to see and as a warning to others.
must be why they started building their casino at Greenwich already then.......
I demand to see your passport.
iain, you've just made yourself like a right KUT (look it up, it's Dutch).
Is that Greenwich, Manchester?
Manchester !! There must be some good contacts who want to sweeten up 'Charlie Chipmunk' since the delay to the BBC relocation was announced..
Looks like Iain will be changing his name to Jan Van Klomp then
Hmmmm...I suspect that many MPs in the south-west of England don't actually realise that Manchester and Blackpool are actually separate places..
Although with reference to the 'pop idol' analogy earlier, they have also sneakily announced 16 other casino licences...
There's a dyke waiting for your finger Van Dale
Is there anything Labour doesn't want to put in Manchester?
Its party conference... the BBC... dens of gambling and vice...
What's the betting this leads to the creation of hundreds of jobs in the highly-marginal constituency to be fought by, er, the Labour party chairman Hazel Blears?
1 NuLab already have decided to go back to 8 super casino's as per early plan. AEG told to keep quiet as they'll get the licence soon
2 Big clunking fist, with Calvanist background, anti gambling, so only Manchester is allowed for next few years
Result - Anschutz spills the beans on what he and fat boy really spoke about on the ranch.
Option 2 would be much fun
Lots of nice safe Labour seats in and around Manchester, so no political risk. Lots of nice new public sector jobs dealing with the social problems (and a few in the casino) to give Labour voters even more pork.
Give it to Anshultz in the Dome after a couple of months when it's not news anymore....
The Ali Campbell school of gambling licence awarding...
U bent een Nederlander
i suppose it cant be that bad being a dutch man then.At least you get to eat some decent cheeese.
Must say it took me by surprise though that Manchester was awarded the bid and not Greenwich.
Van Dale are the publishers of the most popular and authoritiative Dutch woordenboeken (dictionaries) so Iain (or Jan as we must learn to call him) has landed on his feet with his new family.
"If that doesn't happen, then I'm a Dutchman."
So, Mr Van Dale, hoe maakt u het?
What's for dinner? Rijstafel?
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