I winced when I read this article in The Guardian that veteran crooner Cliff Richard felt so sorry for Tony Blair in the aftermath of going to war in Iraq that he let Blair go and stay in his summer house in Barbados for free. I don’t know what makes me feel worst – that the Blairs know Cliff Richard, that the PM needed pity, that there are plenty of other people in the world that need pity far more, or that Cliff’s motivation seemed to be linked to sharing Blair’s Christian faith. Let’s hope that frugal Gordon won’t do such things!
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@jonworth Recommended reading: facts on Pendlerpauschale, why long distances are bad, and shouldn't be more subsided by tax reductions from @BVerG https://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/SharedDocs/Entscheidungen/DE/2008/12/ls20081209_2bvl000107.html (tax code at that time: only > 20km are subsided, court: short distances are more work-related)3
Also to any Brits complaining about the Macron/Beaune post-G7 line that Britain has to stick to its commitments: that line will resonate strongly with publics in EU countries tired of the UK’s games
It’s more important for Macron how he comes across in Le Monde than The Sun