Congratulations John Humphreys, you’ve just made a prize prat of yourself over AV, Pakistan, Murdoch and ‘Dear-gate’. Dave is probably still laughing at his good fortune now. And Evan Davis should consider giving up twitter too with his bizzare intervention in a rush to spare his elder colleague’s blushes. What was it Cameron once said, ‘Too many tweets make a twat!’ I doubt that the Gaurdianistas will be moaning about any perceived bias against the left now. Unless journalistic incompetence can be construed as such.
Are Jeremy Paxman and Andrew Neil the only political interviewers on the beeb capable of answering a straightforward question?
Anyways, Humphreys…wear the dunce cap. Davis, stand in the corner and hand in your blackberry.
First we had the mad old biddy Cable on manouvres, then Huhne and his obnoxious self-righteousness and Now Cleggover has waded in attacking the Tories….and all because they’re winning the AV argument with the public.
Now, the libdems can throw their dummy out of the pram and split from the coalition if they want but they would get annihilated, possibly seeing them drop to fourth in the popular vote at their current rate of decline (doubt they’d be so keen on full pr then!) and returning the country to two party politics.
This leaves the PM with a choice, he can either throw the libdems some red meat after the referendum, or he can do the sensible thing and offer no more concessions. If the liberal democrats want to survive as a political entity then they have to last the full term in coalition.
So the European Commission have decided they need a 4.9% budget increase. They must be having a laugh. The chancellor and PM need to fight this one tooth and nail…there should be no increase in the EU budget whatsoever. Just flat out refuse to pay it, the thing with brinkmanship is that the one with the most to lose always backs down and that’s the EU. It needs the UK more than the UK needs it. And if it won’t back down then they need to realise that we still have the ultimate ‘nuclear option’ (A proper one Vince!), a referendum on remaining in the EU…they know they’d lose, they could throw as much money at it as they want (as long as we’re not paying) but they’d lose. So bring it on and let’s wipe the smug grin off the face of that git the EC put up on Newsnight.
I just read an excellent comment on the Spectators Coffeehouse blog about this issue where someone came up with an excellent suggestion of leaving the EU and starting a rival pan-European organisation that is purely based on free trade and will always remain so. Could it be done? All the benefits of the EU without the downside. French Farmers and much of eastern europe would hate it as it ends their gravy train but it would be a boon for enterprise. Ian Walker (the commenter), take a bow!