Every PM needs a Willie…

By DeusExMacintosh

At the risk of sounding like I’m continuing a theme…

Lord Mandelson displays a gift for comic timing after being asked by Tory MP Peter Luff if he is Gordon Brown’s “Willie”.

Mr Luff, chairman of the Commons business committee, was referring to Margaret Thatcher’s famous comment about her deputy prime minister William Whitelaw – “every prime minister needs a Willie”.

BBC News

Critics of Gordon Brown might suggest that it’s not the willie that he lacks, but the balls…

chopped liver

(context for non-Britons here)


  1. Lang Mack
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I can’t remember, which cartoonist did the calendar ? anyhow, artwork, of Prime Ministers and dick size? Some time back however had Malcolm Fraser threading a worm and Hawke with a mean weapon featured under a desk, from memory.And lessor types.
    I thought it said more than a thousand pages.

  2. MikeM
    Posted July 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Surely this was settled long ago, after The Economist’s columnist, Bagehot, asked in April 2007:

    “Will Brown have Balls?

    “Forget the deputy leadership election. Where Ed Balls goes is much more important […]”

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