And here's another thing.
I have grown marginally concerned over the past few years at the decreasing communicative abilities of many of the leading celebrities of the day. In addition, I have long considered that the lack of interest in politics evidenced by the reducing numbers of the electorate who actually vote is something that should trouble us all. However, I have been wrong on both counts.
The Prime Minister, one of the two most dangerous men on the planet is to blame for the first of my concerns, and I am wrong on the second count. The great and the good clearly copy the Great One.
Every second word of that rather unfortunate broadcast of his exchange with his old mate Dubbya was 'err', or 'ya know' or kinda', or 'I mean'. The best part for me was when he asked the President whether he, Blair , should go to the Middle East ahead of the US Secretary of State, Condominium Rice. Said our man at Number 10:
"Well... it's only if, I mean.. you know [sic]. If she's got a.... or if she needs the ground prepared as it were... Because obviously if she goes out she's got to succeed, if it were, whereas I can go out and just talk."
Proud to be British.