Mike

Sunday Sun - - News -

THE nick­names that politi­cians choose for them­selves sel­dom work.

They of­ten sig­nify a per­ceived virtue the pub­lic doesn’t recog­nise.

When Iain Dun­can Smith was Tory party leader he de­scribed him­self as ‘the quiet man’ in re­sponse to crit­i­cism of his lack of charisma.

Pre­sum­ably he thought the ‘strong and silent type’ makeover would con­vince peo­ple he was West­min­ster’s an­swer to Gary Cooper. How­ever come High Noon it was IDS who got the bul­let from the party faith­ful.

Then there was ‘Te­flon Tony’ Blair. To be fair that wasn’t the name he gave him­self, it was cho­sen by oth­ers struck by the fact no Labour scan­dal seemed to af­fect his pop­u­lar­ity rat­ings at the be­gin­ning of his time as PM.

Blair’s more folksy ver­sion was to de­scribe him­self as a ‘straight sort of guy’ coined a few months into his premier­ship as a re­sult of the Bernie Ec­cle­stone af­fair.

Af­ter Ec­cle­stone, then boss of For­mula One, do­nated £1mil­lion to Labour, the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced F1 would be ex­empt from a ban on

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