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Monday, December 18, 2006

Mail on Sunday in "cash for memos" scandal

The Mail on Sunday is the latest paper to be implicated in the "cash for memos" scandal.

The gossip rag is alleged to have paid an unpaid intern somewhere in parliament to prepare an internal memo for the Prime Minister. It suggests Labour should pick another leader when Tony Blair stands down.

The memo was dismissed by an anonymous spokesperson. "It was not written by any of the Prime Minister's staff and does not reflect his personal views," said the faceless apparachik.

The staffer may have have offered the paper "an OTTR [off-the-record-remark] or a big M [memo]". There is no evidence of this other than the Mail on Sunday's lousy reputation.

Gordon Brown immediately denied any connection to the affair, likening it to the witch-hunts of the 16th century. SNP leader Alex Salmond condemned the denial as proof the Chancellor is at the heart of the scandal.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott waded into the debate over cash for memos by supporting recent calls for the abolition of the Labour party. "The abolition of the Labour Party would reassure the public that there is no corruption in the Labour Party," he said.

The Mail on Sunday denied any wrongdoing, saying "everyone does it".

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