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Selsdon Man

I expect defections to be announced shortly before the Question Time debate and the posting of the ballot papers.

The key question is "are these new defections or deferred from the second round of voting?"

Did DC ask his defectors to vote for DD to keep Fox out? We should be told as Private Eye would say.

Selsdon Man

Blunkett resigns. Rejoice! Rejoice!

malcolm

I had a look at the bbc blog after Blunketts resignation.It was about 50 to one against Blunkett which was great.I wondered if the BBC misjudges the political leanings of many of its viewers.Then again in my worst nightmares these people might hate him because he's too rightwing!

Selsdon Man

Blunkett was too authoritarian (Big Brother state) for my taste.

James Hellyer

"Then again in my worst nightmares these people might hate him because he's too rightwing!"

That's why Labour supporters hate him. Tough luck.

Of course, the reason he fell was that Blair had no reason to stand by him. They had been friends, but Blunkett was getting in the way of Blair's plans for Incapacity Benefit.

a

Davis' double referendum / Open Europe policy is coming from Rodney Leach and Neil O'Brien at "Open Europe".

Mitchell has asked O'Brien to write DDs speeches on Europe and since O'Brien works for Open Europe, the phrase seems to recur!!

James Hellyer

"The Telegraph then quoted Mackay as not commenting, which was a total fabrication. Need we say more?"

The Telegraph spinning the news agenda for people it likes? Well, it wouldn't be the first time (see their "right to fight back" camapign, with its suspect use fo case history to bolster Patrick Mercer's bill last year).

Stephen Alley

Talking about David Blunkett. As home secretary he was touting biometric identity cards, and on leaving government he buys shares in DNA Biosciences. I am not an expert on the businesses that DNA Biosciences run, but it does just look completely stupid.

I mean if the Energy Minister was to put forward proposals for Nuclear power plants, then leave government and buy shares in nuclear energy, would this be breaking the law?

What are the rules on this matter, because if Blunkett can resign and get away with this kind of madness, I think he has got off quite lightly.

Gareth

Talking of David Willetts, where is he? I've seen Damien Green on TV all the time defending his man, but Mr Willetts seems to have disappered off the face of the planet.

Remember the book "Where's Wally"?
http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/0744554446.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

Perhaps we should start a Where's Willetts?

Jack Stone

The reason some of those who originally supported Davis have gone to ground is quite simple. They supported him because they wanted to be on the winning side so as to advance there chances of getting one of top jobs.
Now its clear there going to lose they are trying to save there own reputations and making it look like they wern`t siumply chasing after fools gold!

malcolm

Where wally is a very fine book,my little daughter used to love it.If Willetts is Wally who the hell is Oddlaw?

Michael McGowan

Jack, I really don't think they should worry that much. I don't think that New Labour is quaking at the thought of a Cameron-led Tory Party.

Jack Stone

They will be once it happens.I don`t have a shadow of doubt that David Cameron will lead the party to victory at the next election whenever it comes.

Daniel Vince-Archer

"I don`t have a shadow of doubt that David Cameron will lead the party to victory at the next election whenever it comes."

And on what basis do you offer this assertion Jack?

malcolm

He just knows Daniel.Now be a good boy and don't argue,you know it never works with Jack

Jack Stone

You can say that David Cameron will lead the party to victory at the next election and be believed by an awful lot of people now.
You can say that David Davis will lead the party to victory at the next election and most people will laugh at you!
The party doesn`t have much choice as I see it. Its a choice between firing the cannons of victory or shooting yourself in the foot!

James Hellyer

You must be used to people laughing at you though, Jack.

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