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    Callaghan government? and other 3 Questions

    There's a stench of decay about Gordon Brown, just as there was about the last knockings of the Callaghan government. His authority is shot to pieces. For Rooker-Wise, read Frank Field.



    Why are the backbenches and the unions cutting up rough now? Because they can.



    They can smell Gordon's weakness. They figure the game's up and they may as well make the most of it.
    Hi,

    Q1 What is Callaghan (government)?

    Q2 What is Rooker-Wise?

    Q3 Who is Frank Field?

    Q4 What is the meaning of " game's up" ?



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    Re: Callaghan government? and other 3 Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi,

    Q1 What is Callaghan (government)? The government under the leadership of James Callaghan 1976-1979

    Q2 What is Rooker-Wise? The Rooker-Wise Amendment to the Finance Act 1977, ensuring an increase in personal allowances for Members of Parliament in line with inflation.

    Q3 Who is Frank Field? Member of Parliament for Birkenhead who was behind the planned and now withdrawn amendment to the Budget relating to the withdrawal of the 10p tax band which had the backing of 50 Labour backbenchers, and threatened to bring the Government down.

    Q4 What is the meaning of " game's up" ? What is said to indicate that secret plans or tricks have been discovered. In this context, the backbenchers and the unions are aware that the government is weakening and are taking the chance to take action.



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    Re: Callaghan government? and other 3 Questions

    Hi Anglika,

    Thanks for your good reply. It seems it is far more difficult to read ariticles by a columnist than news.

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