On 3 April 2006 Prime Minister Blair wrote to the leader of the Opposition Mr Cameron:
“As you will know, it is customary for the Prime Minister of the day to authorise pre-election meetings between opposition spokesmen and senior civil servants . . . The purpose of this letter is to let you know that I will be ready once again, on request, to authorise meetings on the same basis and for the same purpose from January 1, 2009.”
On 19 November the Opposition leader wrote to Mr Blair's defenestrator suggesting that the Conservative Party Chairman and the Cabinet Secretary should fix up a schedule of meetings beginning in the New Year.
Brown won't answer. The scheduling is delayed. The content of the meetings would be completely confidential. Imagine Brown's mortification - discussions of policy in every department of State with a potential incoming government.
Mr Blair has left behind the most cruel of devices. It's torture.
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