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It's Wales@Westminster weblog, BBC Wales' Parliamentary correspondent David Cornock's diary on political life.

Tuesday 11, October

'No' comment

posted by David | 1455 BST |

Another twist in the saga of Tony Blair's alleged comments about the Welsh arrives as Parliament resumes after the long summer recess.

New readers start here. Former Downing Street spin doctor Lance Price alleged that the prime minister shouted "f****** Welsh" during the latter stages of the Welsh assembly election campaign in 1999.

North Wales Police are investigating a complaint about the comments, although Downing Street have said that Mr Blair cannot recall making them.

Usually, it is the Crown Prosecution Service which decides whether to go ahead with prosecutions. Today, the prime minister offered his own advice on whether he should be hauled before the beak for inciting racial hatred.

Asked at his monthly Downing Street news conference if he thought it was a good use of police time and resources to investigate the comments, he said, briefly, "no".

That is unlikely to dissuade North Wales Police from doing their duty. Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom said in The Sunday Times: "The government has given us laws and I think they are good laws and we must deal with that.

"We have to balance resources but we have definitely put more effort into hate crime. There is almost no way we could not investigate what is being reported (about Blair). It is not trivial."

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