A cast of thousands, including Blears, Balls and some very unusual earplugs
Gordon Brown was praised for not aiming jibes at his Tory opponents in his speech, but his colleagues have shown no such reticence. Their chief target was London mayoral hopeful, Boris Johnson. Ed Balls called him a “gaffe-prone, quiz-show clown”, Hazel Blears a “bigoted, upper-class twit”. Not to be outdone, Ken Livingstone said: “My good friend Boris is a ruthlessly right-wing 18th-century Tory. Whatever the issue is, he's on the wrong side of it.” They’re not worried about Boris, are they?
Sleep well, Jonathan
The Olympic Delivery Authority staged an event on Monday evening to let delegates know about the various milestones on the way to delivering the Games. A loud woman from Aids charity the Terence Higgins Trust broadsided the panel, made up of Olympic dignitaries Lord Coe, Tessa Jowell and David Higgins, and former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, by asking what the ODA was doing to promote safe sex during the Games. Coe stammered something about free golden condoms having been handed out at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Edwards, a born-again Christian, admitted to using his as earplugs. “It’s very loud in Manchester,” he explained.
Housing: Labour’s top priority
Fresh from his appearance at a Building-sponsored RIBA event, Sunand Prasad, the institute’s president, bravely headed for the climate change clinic to dispense free advice to delegates on how to “green up” their homes. The architects probably predicted quick chats about insulation, solar panels and heat pump technology, but were assaulted by a line of MPs clasping A1 plans of their country houses for the green experts to assess. The lesson is clear: never offer politicians anything for free.