In a frank admission of his need to do better, UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has agreed to go back to school, and take some lessons on leadership. Apparently, this was his own idea, and Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, had "no knowledge" of the development.
Chancellor Gordon Brown has agreed to give the necessary lessons.
BBC political editor, Andrew Marr, has commented that this is a "breakthrough" for Tony Blair.
"It's the most refreshing thing that Blair has done since taking over the reins of power at New Labour. I'm sure Gordon will teach Tony a great deal, and hopefully, some way down the track, the chancellor will be prepared to take over the role as prime minister himself. In the meantime, New Labour can always improve on what it has to work with now. Of course, this is an election year, and it has obviously taken an enormous amount of political courage for Blair to do something like this so close to a poll."
Conservative leader, Michael Howard, was swift to brand the move by Blair as "dishonest".
U2 lead-singer Bono approved of the action. 'It's a revelation! It's almost like Paul McCartney saying to John Lennon, "Hey John, I was only joking: you were the heart and soul of the Beatles."'
Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, said that it was "all very interesting", but added that he would not think of doing the same thing himself. "We are, at this time in our history, telling the British electorate that we're ready to be trusted with political power. If this is what we're saying, and at the same time we're seen to be signing up for some of Gordon's lessons, no matter how valuable they may be, who would ever believe in us."
Tony Blair repeated that he believes in "fairness, justice, solidarity and opportunity for all - particularly when it applies to me. There's nothing suspicious here - nothing at all. As I said in Brighton, Gordon Brown has been a personal friend of mine for twenty years and the best Chancellor this country has ever had - why wouldn't I trust him now."