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 Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Pledge banked: You may remember that three months ago our beloved Prime Minister, in a show of selfless humility, signed up to a special online Olympic-related pledge:
"I will become the patron of a London community sports club. I will work with the club over the years as the Olympics approaches in 2012 to support their development and raise their profile but only if 100 other public figures in London will join me in supporting other clubs."
(Tony Blair) Deadline: 25th July 2006 [107 people have signed up]
The deadline on Tony's Pledgebank promise expires today and, what do you know, he's reached his target. It wasn't looking promising just a few weeks ago, with the number of signees still 40 short of the necessary 100. But then, surprise surprise, numbers started picking up and the target's been exceeded by 7, just in time. I wonder how that happened. Have Tony's pals been chivvied to prevent him losing face (the list does have a particularly political bent)? Or have his online opponents signed up to embarrass the PM into action (Tim Ireland rushed in straight away, which is usually a sign of mischief)?

As a man of honour, all Tony has to do now is select a London community sports club to support. Something East-London-y would be appropriate, I think. Here are a few suggestions. I wonder which one he'll choose...
• Stratford Carjackers
• Leyton ASBO Warriors
• Canary Wharf Insider Dealers
• Mile End Knife Display Team
• Bow Synchronised Blingers
• Bethnal Green Taggers
• Wapping Obese Toddler Group
• Canning Town Housebreakers
• Whitechapel Vodka Chasers
• Hackney Wick Gun Club

Meanwhile several pledges on the Pledgebank website remain as yet unfulfilled, each worthy of your consideration and support. Here are just three:
"I will pay £10 into a fund that aims to fill a public advertising space with something thought-provoking but only if 350 other people will too."
Deadline: 1st November 2006 [131 people have signed up, 219 more needed]
"I will form part of a human chain around the Westminster no protest zone but only if 6,000 other people will join in."
Deadline: 15th January 2007 [1,167 people have signed up, 4833 more needed]
"I will write to Jack Straw to tell him he's a cretin but only if 100 other people will too."
Deadline: 28th July 2006 [44 people have signed up, 56 more needed]

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