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The bar has broken releasing the flood, the debacle starts.

Harman implicates Brown | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics
Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, was forced to implicate Gordon Brown deeper into the donor scandal last night as Scotland Yard was called in to investigate the affair.

Harman revealed it had been Brown's campaign coordinator, former minister Chris Leslie, who was running Brown's leadership campaign, who had recommended she seek a donation from Janet Kidd, the proxy of David Abrahams, the controversial businessman who has secretly bankrolled the party with £600,000.

It gets better and better. The whole playground is full of kids now running round pointing fingers at each other, and all the time the head prefect, the one who boasted of his micromanagement and knowledge of everything that was going on, expresses surprise and ignorance of the causes of the whole debacle. He obviously never wondered where the money was coming from....

Philology note - My spell checker failed to recognise debacle so I double checked I had it right - I think it definitely ought to be word of the day...

de·ba·cle (dĭ-bä'kəl, -băk'əl, dĕb'ə-kəl)

1. A sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout.
2. A total, often ludicrous failure.
3. The breaking up of ice in a river.
4. A violent flood.

[French débâcle, from débâcler, to unbar, from Old French desbacler : des-, de- + bacler, to bar (from Vulgar Latin *bacculāre, from Latin baculum, rod).]


What I don't understand is why he needed all this money for a campaign for a contest that it'd already been decided beforehand he would win. Did Soviet leaders spend similar sums being "elected"?

I'm just wondering what the chances are of a campaign to persuade the Queen to dissolve parliament. She can't be expected to tolerate a crim running the country now, can she?

I am rather partial to the word 'degringolade'.

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