'Chuckling Charlie' has been ousted by the new Prime Minister Brown.
CHUCKLING CHARLIE; Glib, disingenuous and ruthlessly ambitious, Lord Falconer (he of the Dome and legalised gay sex in public toilets) is now destroying our judiciary's independence. His qualification? He was once Tony Blair's landlord.Falconer, lord of nonsense. (Column)
The Daily Mail (London, England)
Date: June 21, 2004
Byline: PETER MCKAY
COMMON sense suggests it would be unwise for a Prime Minister to select as his Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs a man with whom he once shared a flat, a crony without obvious qualifications for the job.
However, that's what happened when Tony Blair picked his lawyer friend Charlie Falconer.
If Lord Falconer of Thoroton (as he became) possesses other qualities which would commend him as a senior government minister to other premiers, these have not come to light.
Charlie Falconer was a childhood friend of the prime minister and the pair later shared a London flat in the early days of their legal careers.
Like the outgoing Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine, Lord Falconer has never been elected and was promoted to the Lords soon after Labour came to power in 1997 because Mr Blair wanted him in government.
His most high profile job was taking ministerial responsibility for the "poisoned chalice" of the Millennium Domen after Peter Mandelson's first resignation.Back