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  • Since the inception of the coalition, he has been cruelly caricatured by the cartoonists as the trodden-upon servant or the naive fall-guy of the prime minister.

    Stroppy Tories seem to have forgotten they didn't actually win | Andrew Rawnsley

  • Today, among the Peas, I am no longer viewed as the fall-guy who gets bagged with the Eddie Murphy party song.

    Fallin’ Up

  • Circuses are not actually Jim's departmental responsibility at Defra (Lord Henley is the designated fall-guy), but their boss, Caroline ("sell those forests") Spelman, was luckily absent, inspecting flood prevention works in Yorkshire: hard rain will surely follow the Curse of Spelman.

    Farmer Jim hounded over circus animals

  • Meanwhile Li Na continues to berate the most patient fall-guy in tennis, her husband Jiang Shan.

    Australian Open 2012 diary: Craving the word of her Serena majesty

  • A senior figure with links to the government – a lounge lizard with something of the ex-Bullingdon Alan Clark about him – suggests to the young man who's been designated fall-guy by his fellow Rioters that he can arrange for charges to be dropped, and that a place might be found for an enthusiastic batterer in the government.

    Posh; The Empire; Hair

  • Once they've gone through all these 'candidates' we'll see NuLab anoint the least offensive fall-guy as 'the chosen one'.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • I have said before that Obama has effectively made Hillary the prisoner of a range of officials made up almost entirely of new realist appeasers, trans-national progressives and Israel/Jew-haters who have between them appropriated many of the powers of her office, leaving her as little more than a fig-leaf and fall-guy while the Obama administration prosecutes its agenda of flirting with the mortal enemies of the west while hanging Israel out to dry.

    The Durban demarche

  • He's a fall-guy, and that's why he flies off the handle.

    Allison Kilkenny: You Heart Corruption

  • It's important, though, that Martin isn't made the fall-guy di tutti fall-guys.

    The knives are out for Martin

  • But I would repeat that, amid all the justified anger over the Speaker's incompetence and arrogance, he shouldn't be made the sole fall-guy for this whole mess.

    Ditch Martin - but don't forget about the other bad apples

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