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Handwriting test: Can you crack the PM's strategy?

Sarah McDermott | 18:02 UK time, Monday, 14 September 2009

The Cabinet met today to discuss political strategy in the run-up to the election. The cameras were let in briefly ahead of the get together and a team from Newsnight was there. We didn't get to film the meeting, but we did get a close up of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's notes and we want your help to decipher them - what do you think was top of the PMs list?




  • Comment number 1.

    Is it "PUSH" ? - as in "I'm going to get the..."

    Maybe "FISH"? . . . is it his grocery list?

    All I can really say is . . . God help the clerical staff who have to type up the minutes. LOL

  • Comment number 2.

    "Don't lose the plot. Don't lose the plot.They all still think I am the best man for the job... really!"?

    Over and over.

    It's a fun game, but in recent months any 'accidental' sneaky peek at a document captured by the media, has to be viewed as suspect at best.

    I tend to go on what actually is said, or done, and that is more than depressing enough to endure.

  • Comment number 3.

    ps; post before..

    Error 404 - page not found.

    Maybe it's one of those cuts?

  • Comment number 4.

    I can just about make out the word "Push" at the top of the page, and can just about see a "divide" and "don't" a few times. As clear as mud :p

  • Comment number 5.

    The mystery word tonight is "RUSH"...As in lets make a mad rush for the exit!

  • Comment number 6.

    PUSH (this smoke screen in front of the Newsnight camera)

  • Comment number 7.

    My selection for Newsnight word bingo is:
    (possibly 'Big wads' as well)

    I know you need to keep files small for the webpage but isn't there anything better than that small jpg file available?

    Anyway, I look forward to some analysis from a handwriting expert.

  • Comment number 8.

    Is it actually 'BUSH' - well it worked for Blair didn't it??

  • Comment number 9.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 10.

    My guess is:

    EUSH take extras
    And days
    EDUCATION Thanks Team
    E 363 Do seaside (???)

    Gods now! And I am someone that has been typing other people's scribbles for 20 years!

  • Comment number 11.


    i would loved to say, that i could crack the prime minister strategy...but, i am not able to do so....

    =Dennis Junior=

  • Comment number 12.

    I think the first four letters are EUSH and I take this to be a set of initials rather than a word - European Union, Schools, Hospitals?
    In line 6 I read Can we, line 13 So can we (though it looks more like tan we) line 17 final response, line 18 thank?

    In line 8 does it say vital, and perhaps Omissions to start line 10?

    The sideways smaller version is clearer than the blown up one but still difficult.

    Not very helpful really.

  • Comment number 13.

    Duty Editor
    c/o JOAN PUGH

    Further to our conversation please find attached the letter we discussed
    Needless to say I have been concerned for sometime about the level of oppression we have all felt under the current Labour Government
    and have felt the need to do my bit to break it.
    The collapse of the New Labour I had hoped would result in a change of Government and give the nation their true freedom again, of course inflicting such harm on a Politcal Party especially one with such a long and noble tradition is heartbreaking but when it has lost touch not only with its own values but all that is decent what choice has one but to close ones eyes and do what is needed.
    The move against the BBC by the Conservative Party in league with those who would dearly like to see the BBC’s world standing and voice silenced that they may usurp its place had to be stopped, whilst I like to think that one can stop such a direction of travel in the short term, we have all seen under New Labour how insidious a Government can be and how over the long term it can get its way however indecent. It is clear that at present the Conservative Party are set to be in power for a very long time and I feel the need to come forward and protect the BBC and their place and voice in a world that gives us much concern for all our futures not just in this country but everywhere.
    Under the circumstances I feel it is sadly necessary to step forward and open the debate on what sort of country and world we want our children to grow up in, I am not so foolish as to think I can change the world the battle we fight today has been fought many times threw history but as I believe Colonel Blimp was once told some evils must be beaten at any cost as failure will not be a setback but a disaster.
    Yours Sincerely
    Robin Rowlands

    Do you believe” the only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit” if you do not want a world where every nation is ruled by profit and every nation at the mercy of that ever smaller elite who are its masters and can play even nations such as China and the USA off against one another then you must set me free to act in a way you can’t. It is the nature of a cuckoo that despite its diminutive size it quickly gets to the task of pushing the biggest sibling out of the nest, the parent birds probably dismiss such jostling as the usual squabbling one expects of an ever more crowded nest the smaller siblings are simply relieved that it is their fat brother and not them who is being pushed around but it is the nature of a cuckoo it does not share the nest. Look at the Modern World when every high street of every town is dominated by just a few players and the same Companies and Brands seek to expand in every country from China to Russia to America the other Newspapers are deluding themselves if they believe that unfettered PROFIT will guarantee more choice in FLEET STREET as it were than the HIGH STREET. The son of the journalist I am well aware that the attention of the Press is a double edged sword and I and my wife may well pay a high price for raising our heads but if our children can grow up in a world where profit does not rule unfettered maybe it is a price we have to pay. Murdock says he believes people should be free People should be careful what they wish for – set me free show the world that as long as Britannia rules the waves we will all have some sight of freedom however distant.
    Robin Rowlands

    That David Cameron, should align himself with Murdock against the BBC raises serious questions over his suitability for the leadership of the country and the value system of the Conservative Party. They say that when you have excluded the impossible what is left however unlikely must be the truth. Strange as it may seem I’m not a political sort of person I know nothing about the liberal party and I have never had any desire to enter politics and don’t intend to change my mind now. What a bloody mess. Can you imagine me going anywhere near the House of Parliament they would all be “throwing themselves of the balconies”.
    Robin Rowlands

  • Comment number 14.

    Whilst i am not a historian for that you will have to talk to Simon Schama and David Starkey i do wonder at the origins of the term D NOTICE i assume probably wrongly that it is to do with our D DAY plans and the liberation of Europe but i now believe it is |known as a DA NOTICE it doesnt sound so right what does DA stand for DEAD ON ARRIVAL and what is dead LIBERTY TRUTH FREEDOM?

  • Comment number 15.

    Is Gordon Brown a massive Rush fan. If so it may be the one thing that swings my vote...

  • Comment number 16.

    Yeah, I see it.

    1. How do I hold onto power.
    2. How do we stop Labour getting flushed down the toilet in the next GE.

    Pretty clear really.

  • Comment number 17.

    How embarrassing i had to look up the band and the relevant lyrics well time to take a back seat - maybe - and watch the show

  • Comment number 18.

    Sorry PS reading that strategy of yours i have to say it needs a bit of work perhaps you should fly it past Tony Ben

  • Comment number 19.

    baked beans, toilet rolls, milk, teabags, now what was that other thing she goes on about....oh, I away


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