TORY WARS: Blues Should Read Their Bonaparte

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”, said Napoleon, but it seems some Tories are not familiar with Bonaparte’s wisdom. Instead of sitting back and watching Labour stab each other in the back, they’ve decided to start a briefing bonfire of their own. Michael Fallon is apparently “the sort of guy who thinks ‘campaign’ is a fizzy white wine from France,” and is getting it in the neck over the supposed Royal Mail debacle: “His whole job was to sit on Vince Cable. But he’s been AWOL in recent months, and today the National Audit Office has holed Fallon below the waterline”.

The Tories throwing Vince a lifeline on this takes coalition harmony to whole new levels, but Guido suspects there is more at  play here ahead of a reshuffle. Cui bono?



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Janan Ganesh on Labour’s soft left

“Ms Cooper does not believe the previous Labour government was wrong to run a fiscal deficit after 15 years of economic growth. Both she and Mr Burnham think families should be entitled to tax credits for a third child. These views are not mad. They are just a bit too left-wing for Britain. For any serious party, that amounts to the same thing. The soft left is more electable than the hard left but then Mars is more habitable than Neptune: neither planet will host human life anytime soon.”

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