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By prospect   September 2005

The heavy hand of no 10 In last month’s Brussels diary, Manneken Pis suggested that Tony Blair’s claim to have listened to the speeches of Danny Cohn-Bendit in his youth was probably untrue, given that Blair was only 15 in 1968. We wrote that this appeared to be a “weird embellishment of his private life, like his claim to have once watched Jackie Milburn play for Newcastle United.” No 10 contacted us to demand a correction, pointing out that despite multiple claims to the contrary, the prime minister has never claimed to have watched Milburn play—and they sent us retractions…

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