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THE unelected former Solicitor General Charles Falconer QC has risen to become head of the Millennium Dome, amid accusations of 'cronyism'. The downside is Falconer has to wear a hard hat and conduct site inspections. The upside is the Prime Minister's former schoolmate and flatmate is now considered one of the most important people in government by Westminster insiders. Falconer's fellow 'cronies' include Tony Blair's former boss, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, and Blair's former schoolfriend, Prime ministerial office manager.

Anji Hunter. The Guardian