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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Too many Milburns

From yesterday's statement on public services, the First Minister at his most irritatingly best:

The First Minister: Two out of three of the opposition party leaders have now indulged in the Titanic cliché fetish that they seem to have at the moment. Let us be clear and correct a few of your errors, Mike. First, on the name Millburn, there are three famous Millburns—Alan Milburn, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Colin Milburn, to whom you referred, the swashbuckling batsman for Durham, and Jackie Milburn, the Newcastle United player, and the uncle of Bobby and Jackie Charlton. You were trying to refer to Alan Milburn, but you got overexcited.

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