Ducking & Diving
Posted Tuesday, 22 April 2008 at 12:39
It's a strange world here in Westminster.
As my earlier blog shows, on 12th March Stewart Jackson and I speculated that Bob Spink would defect to UKIP.
However, as you can see from the email below that Spink sent to me on 20th March, he states quite clearly that talk about him joining UKIP is "nonsense." he also states that "the people of Castle Point value honesty". Mmmm, interesting.
I suppose that 4 weeks is a long time in politics!
And then there's today's Leader column in the Daily Express by Patrick O'Flynn, the Chief political commentator, entitled, 'Brown is down and pretty soon he could be out'. The article refers to the increasing importance of the House of Commons tea room for plotting and subterfuge.
The article states:
The Conservative MP Nadine Dorries mischievously noted the habit of former Education Secretary Charles Clarke, another long-time Brown detractor, of taking tea with numerous colleagues in rapid succession.
Last week she speculated that: "It may not be long before we discover just what it is that Charles Clarke is up to while keeping the share price of Darjeeling so buoyant."
CALL it women's intuition if you will, but well done Ms Dorries! For Mr Clarke yesterday broke cover with a sensational attack on Mr Brown's closest colleague, current schools supremo Ed Balls. Clarke delivered a devastating onslaught, accusing him of attacking colleagues anonymously, being a "false prophet", bungling while chief economic adviser to the Treasury and under-performing at his Whitehall department.
Well I'm just glad I wasn't around 400 years ago, otherwise I could well have been ducked!
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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