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Downing Street's misnamed garden

Michael Crick | 13:26 UK time, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

This week, the first anniversary of the formation of the coalition, is seeing a torrent of articles and broadcasts referring to the "Downing Street rose garden".

This is rapidly becoming one of the great myths of history.

As I have said before, it is not a rose garden, though it's possible there are one or two roses in it.

Certainly, I've not seen any roses in any of the pictures of the great Coalition event, and not had the pleasure of visiting it since. And it's always been called simply the Downing Street garden.

People are obviously thinking of the White House, which does have a rose garden. Full of very nice roses.

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