As the fallout from Clegg’s singing dominates Westminster, Vince Cable’s own positioning on the mea culpa has been forgotten. One line of CCHQ’s internal press summary for last night really sticks out. The internal blue verdict on Vince’s Newsnight appearance is stinging:
“Cable was serious [sic] roasted and further damaged the Lib Dems in an attempt to cover himself.”
No sympathy there it seems…
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“Nothing demoralises me. I was leader of the Conservative Party.”
Nick Clegg’s apology was always going to split opinion outside of LibDem land, but it seems internally it’s going to make things a bit awkward. Never one to position himself as a challenger to his leader, back in March closet veggie Tim Farron insisted the LibDems shouldn’t be saying sorry:
Farron has decency in his DNA apparently. Remember that if he stabs his leader…
The Indy’s march to the left continues. They have replaced long-standing parliamentary sketchwriter Simon Carr, who had robustly sound views, with left-leaning Donald MacIntyre (pictured wearing glasses), who is being recalled back from Jerusalem. His politics are left-wing to the extent that he was close enough to Mandelson in his Lobby days to write his biography.
Don is the sober more thoughtful father of James MacIntyre and in more politically incorrect times he was once voted the sexiest man in the Lobby by the hackettes – some say Maggie fancied him. MacIntyre may not be quite as acerbic or non-partisan as the much-missed Simon Carr, but given his clout he should be a big enough figure to tell the editor Chris Blackhurst to get lost if he tries any editorial bossing about. Getting rid of Carr means there is one less reason to read the Indy…
Just watching pix of IDS launching pension reform – heckled by woman "try living in the real world Mr Hague"—
Andy Bell (@andybell5news) September 20, 2012
Guido is keenly awaiting the footage of this one…
IPPR have been given a taster of what Francis Maude will be expecting of them this morning. New figures show that the number of civil servants earning over £150,000 has fallen dramatically in the last twelve months. The salary bill for senior government officials has been slashed by 18%, saving some £9 million. The civil servant who raked in the most cash was Olympics boss Dennis Hone, who pocketed £315,000 for his troubles. The 234 still share almost £50 million between them…
Two top Guardian executives have left the company as part of a “restructure of senior management” announced last night. Commercial executive director Adam Freeman will move on after a decade at the paper to be replaced by David Pemsel, the man behind the “Three Little Pigs” ad campaign. Meanwhile 20-year Guardian veteran Chris Pelekanou will leave the company after overseeing the paper’s ill-fated US operation. Rusbridger wields the axe…
Feldman’s Denial | Fraser Nelson
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Murdoch: Facebook is the New MySpace | Telegraph
Clegg’s Manifesto Referendum Pledge Spin Unravels | ConHome
Coalition Here to Stay | Ben Brogan
Tories Plan Coalition Divorce | Times
Public Doesn’t Back Dave on Europe | Peter Kellner
Public Backs Dave on Europe | John Rentoul
Tom Harris bemoans the public’s attitude to politicians…
“Mr Oborne echoes the lazy, anti-politics whine we hear so often these days, all based on the absurd notion that politicians were once loved and only fell out of public favour during the expenses scandal. He should take a walk to the Strangers’ Bar. But not to sup with the patrons he seems to despise so much, dearie me, no; he should instead look at the paintings on the corridor outside the bar, which depict the devastating fire which consumed most of the Palace in 1834. And he should reflect on the fact that on that dramatic night, as the Commons went up in flames, a crowd gathered on the South Bank to clap and cheer.”
The thing that Dave needs to work out is which group is more likely to vote Conservative. Mad swivel-eyed loons or mad homosexuals wishing to get married.