When the test match finished on Saturday night my friends and I turned to each other and said, "What could Tony Blair's spin doctor possibly do to explain away that comprehensive thrashing?"--or words to that effect.
What he apparently decided to do to take the heat off the worst Lions coach since Barnum and Bailey's lion-tamer was eaten was to turn Brian O'Driscoll from a felled Paddy into a whinging Pom. 'They hurt me,' whinged Brian, who then mentioned Tana Umaga, crying and his mother in the same sentence.
This year Brian could have won the Grand Slam for Ireland, and then captained the Lions to a series win against the All Blacks. He would have gone down in history as a hero. Instead, the Irish choked, his Lions side was completely outclassed, and he'll be remembered now only for mewling and pewking about a tackle that only he and Clive ever saw.
As Tana said a year or so ago, "We're not playing tiddlywinks here."
[UPDATE: A link here to a video of the ruck in which O'Driscoll was injured.]