Blair Declines To Take Heat Off Jowell

UK Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell is not exactly receving a full vote of confidence from her boss, Prime Minister Tony Blair, as she attempts to clear herself and her husband of charges that a bribe from Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi was used to pay off their mortgage. “Tony Blair has been burnt before by leaping to the defence of his closest cabinet colleagues – most recently David Blunkett – only to find them forced to resign as further damning evidence seeps out… The limited support also reflects the difficulties in getting to the bottom of [Jowell’s husband’s] byzantine and controversial business dealings.”