At first, the “Four” thought that they had got away with their dastardly plot. But when some voices in the BBC cast doubt on the 2005 election result the game was up. It had gradually dawned on the great and the good that an election in which every single vote went to the Labour party just might be a tad suspicious. Even the editor of the Guardian started to wonder a bit when both of his chauffeurs insisted that they had voted Tory.
And so the general strike that followed the 2005 election result led to the arrest, trial and imprisonment of the Birmingham Four.
Blair, Brown, Straw and Campbell: the British people will never forget that stolen election.