The political hacks who toil away in the lobby at Westminster prided themselves on predicting exactly who would be in Gordon BrownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s government.
The new PM completed his first reshuffle last Friday. Now, Axegrinder feels duty-bound to remind the ladies and gentlemen of the press at Westminster some of the forecasts they would rather forget.
20 June: The Daily MirrorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kevin Maguire reckons Jack Straw would be Ã¢â‚¬Å“wise to ask a policeman for directions to the Home OfficeÃ¢â‚¬. Straw would have been wiser still to ask the way to the Ministry of Justice.
24 June: The Mail on SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Simon Walters warns that Tessa Jowell is Ã¢â‚¬Å“on the way out for failing to control the runaway costsÃ¢â‚¬ of the Olympics. Brown decides to put Jowell in charge ofÃ¢â‚¬¦ the Olympics.
25 June: The SunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political editor George Pascoe Watson remains true to form with his firm prediction: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ulster Secretary Peter Hain will be sacked altogether.Ã¢â‚¬ HainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s brutal Ã¢â‚¬Å“sackingÃ¢â‚¬ sees him promoted to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, as well as holding on to his job as Welsh Secretary.
25 June: The TimesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political editor Phil Webster hedges his bets with Alan Johnson who Ã¢â‚¬Å“could remain Education Secretary or even become Home SecretaryÃ¢â‚¬. Wrong on both counts.
26 June: The Daily MirrorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s political trio of Oonagh Blackman, Bob Roberts and Rosa Prince reveal Ã¢â‚¬Å“speculation that Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton could replace Patricia Hewitt as Health SecretaryÃ¢â‚¬. In fact, the job was filled by Alan Johnson.
28 June: The Daily TelegraphÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Toby Helm and George Jones are confident that Jack Straw will bag the Ã¢â‚¬Å“prized title of Deputy Prime MinisterÃ¢â‚¬. He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. Worse still, no such job exists under Brown. The pair also picked out Ed Balls as the new Ã¢â‚¬Å“City and Enterprise SecretaryÃ¢â‚¬ Ã¢â‚¬’ not his actual portfolio of Children, Schools and Families.