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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk

Mrs Monk’s Would-Be Diary .........

Dear David Cameron

Dear David,

17 April 2009

Thank you for your e-mail

I am worried that you are setting standards for Gordon Brown that you would be unable to maintain if you ever became elected.

You say that Gordon Brown should go, because he is the boss and “he has set the culture of spin and smear in Downing Street.”

I am worried because if someone like me was to send you an e-mail containing salacious stories about Gordon Brown that were not true, you would also be required to go before you ever arrived, even if you never read the hypothetical salacious e-mail.

You also say that Damian Green has been “vindicated” by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer who has “chucked out the charges against him.

Director of Public Prosecutions actually said it had to be "recognised that some damage to the proper functioning of public institutions is almost inevitable in every case where restricted and/or confidential information is leaked".

I am worried that you have spun your friends misdemeanor into a “vindication”. It was not a major crime, but he was a naughty boy, unless you wish to be seen to endorse the breaking of the law, and the breaking of the law should surely not be categorised as “simply doing his job”

Your very best friend, Leslie.


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Dear Leslie,

17 April 2009

I think it's been a pretty defining week in the history of this Government.

It started with all that nonsense over Easter when it emerged that while people up and down the country were worried about their jobs, homes and futures, one of the Prime Minister's main advisers was busy cooking up lies to spread about me, my colleagues and our families. After five days, the Prime Minister finally took full responsibility and said sorry. But, in many ways, that's the easy part. The hard part is what comes next - addressing the culture of spin and smear in Downing Street. As anyone who works in an office knows, it's the boss who sets the culture - so Gordon Brown's got to ask himself some serious questions.

And it ended with the Director of Public Prosecutions chucking out the charges against Damian Green. Let's be clear what happened here. An Opposition MP was arrested, and he and his family put through hell, for simply doing his job. It was wrong. He's been vindicated. And the Home Secretary's got to ask herself some serious questions.

Taken together, these episodes demonstrate clearly the need for change. Not, as Gordon Brown would have it, change in some advisers' code or a review into police operations. But a change in leadership at the very top. This lot have been in power far too long - they're out of touch, forgotten who they're serving, what they're in power for and how they're meant to behave. To bring some integrity back to Downing Street, the only answer is an election and a change of government.

But this week hasn't been all about politics. I visited Stafford Hospital on Tuesday - that's the place which had really unacceptable standards of care. It was incredibly moving to meet victims and their friends and family. And though it was little consolation to them, I outlined how the Conservatives would help stop another Stafford from happening again by having an information revolution so hospital failings are exposed quicker.

I'm sure there'll be as much to write about next week - it's the Budget.

David Cameron

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