For all the speculation about what the dinner is very close to the two camps have not (yet) found indirect evidence that ‘deal’ was made during transmission. It was definitely made was that under which Blair agreed brown a very powerful Chancellor, with competence, embracing not only the economy but also large areas of welfare and social policy.
This implied agreement not only on the control of brown policies, but the Brownian appointment of key allies in strategic positions of Ministers.
A copy of the ” background “notes, confirming the existence of the Internet fell into the hands of Michael white, political editor the guardian, nine years later.
The key sentence stated that in the last two speeches (after John Smith’s death), ‘Gordon spelled out the fairness agenda-social justice, employment opportunities and skills, which, in his opinion, should be the basis of the work program, and Tony is in full agreement with this and that [SIC] party of economic and social policies should be further development on this basis.’
On the white copy of the word in harmony with’ brown has been removed and replaced with ‘guaranteed that this will continue’.
Then the proprietress of the granite told me some years later: ‘I’m sick and tired of being asked which table they were sitting, but I can tell you, it looked like a very boring holiday. Two of them spent most of the time to think’.
The acoustics in the Granite were not good, prompting one official to joke that the debate over what was or was not agreed at the notorious dinner, perhaps, stems from the complexity of the participants to hear each other.
But I said, ‘no, it was a very quiet night’.