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A leap into Cabinet

Brian Taylor | 11:57 UK time, Sunday, 30 May 2010

David Laws is either the first calamity of the new Parliament or, perhaps more accurately, the last victim of the tsunami which swept through the previous one.

Either way, he had to go.

It would not have been credible for him to be casting a covetous eye over Britain's finances, ordering cuts, while the Westminster authorities were investigating his own.

If handled properly, it need not cause utter dislocation within the coalition. The Tories are scarcely in a position to excoriate one brought down by expenses. Take your cue from moats and proceed.

Plus these are still early days for the new government. There are still sufficient numbers on the backbenches who yearn forpromotion to provide a bulwark of support to the Cabinet.

That factor dimishes with the passage of time as some are sacked and others conclude that they will never achieve office.

However, it will cause political problems for the coalition externally: both in the Commons and with the voters.

Collective sigh

In the Commons, Labour will attempt to extend their criticism to the programme of savings which Mr Laws has already instigated and the ones to come.

The voters, I suspect, will yield a weary, collective sigh.

As for Scotland, it produces an intriguing switch. Danny Alexander, who has yet to face the Commons in his Scottish role, moves to the Treasury to replace Mr Laws.

He already had a ministerial foot at the centre of government with his role in the Cabinet Office. Now he has been asked to step up to one of the toughest jobs of all.

Controlling expenditure is tough in good times: colleagues moan unceasingly when their pet projects are denied.

In these times, it will be grim beyond measure.

Into the Scotland Office steps Michael Moore.

Scottish mandate

There has been some surprise expressed that he has over-leaped the Conservative MP, David Mundell, who remains his deputy.

That is to misunderstand the nature of the post. In this coalition, the Lib Dems do Scotland. That is a matter largely of arithmetic.

Mr Mundell is a lone rider, the solitary Scots Tory MP. His appointment would revive challenges to the UK Government's Scottish mandate.

The Lib Dems have almost twice as many MPs in Scotland as the SNP.

Myself, I was rather surprised that Michael Moore wasn't in government in the first place.

'Loadsaluck'

From his days enthusiastically explaining the lack of progress in the Scottish coalition talks in 1999, on the pavement outside the Lawnmarket, he has progressed rapidly and is well regarded.

Now, the surprise may be that he has leaped straight into the Cabinet over, for example, Alistair Carmichael who is already in office.

Perhaps it is felt that Mr Carmichael is an innate whip, born to command. Perhaps the circumstances called for the minimum disruption.

Either way, congratulations to Michael Moore on his elevation.

To the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in the words of the late, great Allan Sherman, "loadsaluck".

For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Sherman intended irony. As do I.

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  • 1. At 12:36pm on 30 May 2010, Calum McKay wrote:

    It's amazing, the new MPs are back 5 minutes, one liberal resigns for fiddling his expenses, yet is lauded as a hero.

    I am sure Mr Laws is a decent chap, but would someone fiddling the dole be shown such leniency and adoration?

    5 minutes ago Mr Alexander was saying he would protect Scotland till his dying breath, now he off to a new job with more dosh.

    5 minutes in office and the liberals are acting just like labour and the tories –

    plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose!

    C Mck

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  • 2. At 12:40pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

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  • 3. At 12:42pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    Are you on double time today Brian?

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  • 4. At 12:44pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

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  • 5. At 12:53pm on 30 May 2010, Barbazenzero wrote:

    Welcome back, Brian.

    Surprised it took the BBC website so long to report the new viceroy and even more surprised that your link has so little about him - especially as your express your own surprise that he wasn't in the government from the outset.

    Also surprised that you don't manage a word of sympathy for Mundell's situation - I thought your football loyalties would have given you empathy with under-dogs.

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  • 6. At 1:02pm on 30 May 2010, Online Ed wrote:

    David Laws resignation hits Scottish Secretary of State role

    Newsnet Scotland

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  • 7. At 1:04pm on 30 May 2010, Patrick Kirkwood wrote:

    One Fiberal Democrat replaces another ... incidentally Brian when can we expect some BBC reporting of former Fib Dem MP Willie Rennie's ripping off of the taxpayer, by making them pay for the telemarketing portion of his (failed) re-election campaign.

    It is something almost all Fib Dem incumbents pull ... yet the media never touches them for it. Why? (Now the Fibs are clearly not just Labour's little helpers, but little helpers for Unionists of all stripes, can we expect some coverage of this widespread misuse of public money)?

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  • 8. At 1:05pm on 30 May 2010, Patrick Kirkwood wrote:

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  • 9. At 1:07pm on 30 May 2010, 1314 PLUS 696 wrote:

    The choice has got nothing to do with there being more LibDems in Scotland.

    The coalition agreement dictates five Cabinet level LDs, and (trying to avoid a major reshuffle less than a month into his Premiership) Call Me Dave was left with either moving someone from outside the cabinet to the Treasury or shuffling an existing Cabinet LD (Danny Alexander) sideways and replacing him.

    As for M. Alexander, it seems that he was being more honest prior to the election (wanting to be abolish the Scottish Secretary job) than when appointed (when it was the job he had always wanted)!

    P.S. Are they re-using "D. Alexander" nameplates formerly prepared for Douglas?

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  • 10. At 1:08pm on 30 May 2010, Online Ed wrote:

    Brian Taylor covered First Ministers Questions and the name change claims of Iain Gray on his previous blog. Here are two articles that shed some light on the subject and will also raise questions.

    Iain Gray under pressure as name change row escalates

    Pressure mounts on Gray as SDS confirm no name change

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  • 11. At 1:17pm on 30 May 2010, Joe wrote:

    I watched an interview with Paddy Ashdown yesterday, who kept on referring to the fact that the word "partner" was a dubious term in the Green Book in regards to Mr Laws personal relationship.

    But none the less Brian you are correct he had to go...He knowingly, by use of the word partner claimed allowances that were clearly not permitted.

    But I feel you are wrong about Mr Laws being the last victim of that tsnaumi.... you pass the real victims of that Parliament of Rogues every day......they are called the British public.
    But then again Mr Laws should be complimented for not yet having mooted "Ill health" and retiring from politics and picking up his Old Age Pension early, like so many of the others caught up in your tsnaumi in the last Parliament.
    Hopefully there will be pressure from the Labour opposition about the early Old Age Pension pay outs to MPs retiring because of "Ill Health" and a full review of this system...it would certainly lead to the saving of hundreds of millions of pounds, if MPs were treated equally with the rest of us and only received their pensions at the proper age and time.

    But then again Danny Alexander will probably be looking at these payouts with good Scottish thrift in relation to the looming budget and will pressure for reform of MPs pensions to be included in the Tsnaumi of cuts to be announced in the looming budget.


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  • 12. At 1:25pm on 30 May 2010, Patch Bruce wrote:

    with comments waiting for moderation for the last hour, there is little point in joining in this blog it seems.

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  • 13. At 2:11pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    12. patchbruce
    "with comments waiting for moderation for the last hour, there is little point in joining in this blog it seems."

    Its deliberate.

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  • 14. At 2:22pm on 30 May 2010, 1314 PLUS 696 wrote:

    Does the appointment of Michael Moore - like the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, a man used to the look of disappointment in people's eyes as they try hard not to say "I was expecting (and hoping for) the other one" - as Secretary of State for Scotland, simply because he is a LibDem, suggest that we can look forward to all SLD MPs having a go over the next five years?

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  • 15. At 2:28pm on 30 May 2010, GrassyKnollington wrote:

    Nice to see Glen Campbell gently probing Iain Gray on the Politics show this a.m. He asked Gray if he would like to see the 322 million of cuts implemented now or would he prefer to hold them off until next year.

    Gray wouldn't answer. The Labour strategy st the moment is to claim the SNP are ruthlessly cutting jobs in the NHS, Education and the Police so they can't then call for immediate and harsh cuts to be implemented as it leaves them looking stupid ( shurely not Ed?). I can't say Glen pushed him particularly hard for a reply but basically Gray couldn't answer.

    Standing up at Holyrood as Giggity likes to, shouting "SNP Cuts Cuts Cuts" is just not compatible with agreeing to a further 320 miilion in the budget this year so Gray chose to keep schtum.

    I note too that Giggity wants a seat on Labour's National Executive. Has he only just worked out that he's a nonentity in The Labour Party? He has no power and no Party and I doubt the big boys in London will even know who he is. Why would they want to include a regional nobody on the NEC?



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  • 16. At 3:05pm on 30 May 2010, wilddog wrote:

    #15 Grassy,
    Also watched the easy ride Campbell gave Gray and GC did not have the bottle to ask him about the name change maybe leaving that to Brian although they will drop that I think never mind we still have OnLine Ed to get answers for us,also what about the shredded receipts from the Lab Councillor

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  • 17. At 3:14pm on 30 May 2010, Barbazenzero wrote:

    #15 GrassyKnollington
    "I can't say Glen pushed him particularly hard for a reply but basically Gray couldn't answer."

    Quite so. Perhaps dour Iain threatened to ask his glencambliness an embarrassing question about Ron Biggs' survival for so long after his compassionate release?

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  • 18. At 3:38pm on 30 May 2010, Astonished wrote:

    This blog is getting more surreal by the minute.

    Brian said, regarding mr laws, "that he had to go".


    Brian,I would be grateful if you could explain why you made no outcry of "they have to go" when wendy alexander,mr purcell,jim devine , baroness udin and all the other labour party members were "found wanting" regarding the law or their expenses ?



    "found wanting" is ,of course, a euphemism.

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  • 19. At 3:46pm on 30 May 2010, Astonished wrote:

    10. At 1:08pm on 30 May 2010, Online Ed wrote:
    Brian Taylor covered First Ministers Questions and the name change claims of Iain Gray on his previous blog. Here are two articles that shed some light on the subject and will also raise questions.

    Thanks for this online ed - keep up the good work.


    Where is the document referred to by mr gray? brian you assured us that the document was available. Where is it ?




    I wouldn't want anyone to question Brian's integrity regarding this issue, remember we had to wait two weeks before the BBC reported anything about mr purcell. I assume they were checking everything or maybe... they could no longer ignore the story.

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  • 20. At 4:30pm on 30 May 2010, wilddog wrote:

    Astonished
    You will hear no more from Brian on this story same as Balmoralgate its to much against Lab,read Newsnet for all updates.

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  • 21. At 4:54pm on 30 May 2010, Peter_of_Fife wrote:

    David Mundell is correctly 'viewed' as a divisive individual; he himself enhanced this perception during the General Election (2010)

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  • 22. At 5:11pm on 30 May 2010, Patch Bruce wrote:

    Does any one else think This "non blog" about an irrelevant change of the Westminster appointed Scottish Governor seems to be a benine attempt to deflect heat away from the "Namegate" affair. I'm a way to post on a much more interesting blog about whisky, a much more interesting subject.

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  • 23. At 6:10pm on 30 May 2010, cwh wrote:

    As well as deflecting from 'Namegate' it also pushes the issue of all the Labour retreads who have been recycled to the Lords AND the issue of the number of Labour MSPs with TWO jobs - one in Holyrood and one in Westminster (Commons or Lords). As job creation schemes go it seems to be quite successful but not quite what people thought when Labour said during the election campaign that they were going to create jobs - 100,000 wasn't it?.

    Mr McConnell, soon to be a working peer, says he will continue to work tirelessly as an MSP on behalf of his constituents. But working peers are expected to attend MOST of the debates AND votes in the Lords - hence the term 'working'. So how does this erstwhile maths teacher intend to square that circle?

    And what does it say about the workload of non-ministerial MSPs that they can do two jobs at opposite ends of the country in two different Parliaments? One of the jobs is clearly part-time and should earn a part-time salary so what about Mr Gray standing up and demanding cuts, cuts, cuts in MSPs salaries? Say 25 per cent?

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  • 24. At 7:00pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    Transport quango in the rough

    “It reflects the culture of the management that was in place at SPT. We can only hope that the new management doesn’t make the same mistakes in future. We need an approach that respects public funds and value for money.”

    replace hope with demand.

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  • 25. At 8:28pm on 30 May 2010, andrew wrote:

    Mr Moore is not interviewed here

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  • 26. At 8:32pm on 30 May 2010, Kris wrote:

    I am extremely angry at what seems to be the prevailing attitude from journalists, political commentators and polititians with regard to the David Laws expenses scandal.
    David Law's claim of £40,000 has been described as a small amount of money by the above groups. Are they so far out of touch with ordinary people that they fail to see that £40k is over three times the annual wage of someone earning the National Minimum Wage?

    I may be wrongly mistaken, but I could swear that I heard David Cameron being interviewed on the Andrew Marr show last Sunday, during which he said that the new goverment would not be obsessed with news management the way he claimed the last goverment seemed to be. Yet here we are, barely one week later and the David Laws affair is being spun as a man trying to hide his sexuality from public scrutuny, rather than one fiddling his expenses.
    If I had done a similar thing, I would be dismissed from by job and would be prosecuted as a criminal.

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  • 27. At 9:21pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    25. andrew

    Are the staff at Dover house not going on strike with the overwork.

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  • 28. At 9:51pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    Can you not smell the coffee Brian 28 posts in nearly 10 hrs time to look for more fruitful employment.

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  • 29. At 10:27pm on 30 May 2010, Online Ed wrote:

    Cuts confusion as Iain Gray refuses to back delay

    Newsnet Scotland

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  • 30. At 10:41pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    Danny Alexander problem over capital gains tax!

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  • 31. At 10:46pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    30. cynicalHighlander

    Danny Alexander, new Treasury chief, avoided capital gains tax on house

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  • 32. At 10:52pm on 30 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:


    "There has been some surprise expressed that he has over-leaped the Conservative MP, David Mundell, who remains his deputy."

    Yeh right! In reality who do you suppose reports to who?

    That's us had 3 high rankers in as many weeks, they don't last long do they?

    The unbelievably hypocritical LidDems who campaigned to scrap the post now all want a shot.

    Next

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  • 33. At 11:17pm on 30 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    #31 cynicalHighlander

    Wow, so does that mean Micheal Moore goes to the Treasury post already?

    Do you think that when the LibDems run out of Scottish MP's they'll give Tavish a go?

    Or do you think Mr Cameron will just try to save face and announce that it didn't really matter coz Mr Mundell was really in charge all along?

    Too many questions.

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  • 34. At 11:39pm on 30 May 2010, Roll_On_2011 wrote:

    #31 cynicalHighlander

    Maybe Michael Moore is putting his coat on as we speak, ready to head south to London.

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  • 35. At 11:40pm on 30 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    33. rog_rocks

    Isnt it fun.

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  • 36. At 00:08am on 31 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    The Decoration of Dover house hasn't had so many makeovers as that prog with Carol Smiley.

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  • 37. At 00:20am on 31 May 2010, cynicalHighlander wrote:

    Bureaucratic Pecking Order

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  • 38. At 00:22am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    They have invented a new Party game; Musical Ministers.

    with their chairs being pulled out from under them,

    Or is it Musical Misers?

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  • 39. At 00:32am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    Private Frazer hasn't got a look in at this lot; let’s not bother mentioning the new 300 billion barrels of oil money.

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  • 40. At 00:38am on 31 May 2010, kered wrote:

    Leaping hell! Danny leapt in, now looks like he will leap out.

    Leaping leaps! where's Kermit!

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  • 41. At 00:50am on 31 May 2010, ziggyboy wrote:

    So there is a problem with Danny Alexander and Capital Gains Tax well this could turn into a real merry go round. I wonder how many names are on the list for Chief Secretary to the Treasury. It seems to be open season at the moment.

    You will have to forgive my ognorance asI have never heard of Michael Moore until today. However, I'm extremely glad Mr Mundell didn't get Secretary of State for Scotland. During the Scottish debates he repeated the same things over and over again but said nothing about Scotland and at the end of the day didn't say anything memorable. After the election Mr Mundell said he would not be upset if a Lib Dem got the post which he probably thought was in the bag. He'll probably be absolutely fuming now having been passed over twice. Maybe Dave and Nick don't like him!

    I know Mr Mundell from one of his previous jobs and you could find hen's teeth faster than he could give an answer. One of the most divisive people I have every met in my life.

    I just wonder if this is the beginning of the end for the ConDems and how much more will be revealed about our esteemed MP's of all parties in the not to distant future.

    At the rate this lot are going they will need 'loadsaluck'.

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  • 42. At 00:52am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    I was looking up Frazer on Wiki there and this made me laugh;

    "Frazer makes no secret of his desires for increased rank and power within the platoon. To that end, Frazer is frequently negative and hyper-critical of his superior officers and their decisions, and clearly considers Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and Lance Corporal Jones barely fit for command.

    I know how he feels :)

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  • 43. At 01:13am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    You don't mind if I over-leap you do you old boy?

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  • 44. At 02:08am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    Oh and I didn't mean anything by that either GrannieAnnie and effinness if that was you making a back door complaint :)

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  • 45. At 03:14am on 31 May 2010, Patrick Kirkwood wrote:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scotland/10194478.stm

    Please let Iain have more influence ... that way the Labour Party will wither and die for sure!

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  • 46. At 04:09am on 31 May 2010, GrannieAnne wrote:

    44. rog_rocks
    "Oh and I didn't mean anything by that either GrannieAnnie and effinness if that was you making a back door complaint :)"

    I'm not sure what you mean rog_rocks, but if one of your comments was referred not only did I not do it, I never report comments.

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  • 47. At 07:00am on 31 May 2010, Freenonbrit wrote:

    Brian - if you ever read comments: where did you pick up the use of 'leaped' instead of 'leapt' as the past participle of 'leap'? It is permissible but unusual. 'He has over-leaped' sounds clumsy and somewhat illiterate. Is that what they would say in Dundee?

    Also: why do you not write in paragraphs? You don't suppose, surely, that you have a Daily Record readership, with a reading age of about ten?

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  • 48. At 08:29am on 31 May 2010, andrew wrote:

    A leap into the dark?

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  • 49. At 08:40am on 31 May 2010, wilddog wrote:

    Another day another week are we finally going to see Brian release the supposed document that Gray was waving about,what about the Gray man's answers on the Politic show,what answers.

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  • 50. At 09:29am on 31 May 2010, minuend wrote:

    re: "Either way, he (David Laws) had to go."

    Unlike Wendy Alexander, eh Brian, who despite all the media's efforts had to be dragged from office.

    re: " Myself, I was rather surprised that Michael Moore wasn't in government in the first place."

    Never heard of the guy, so Brian I am surprised that you were surprised.

    Now that we have dealt with LibDem sleaze, what about Labour cronyism?

    The elevation to the House of Lords of McConnell, Reid, Liddell etc. Not only did this lot claim £ millions in expenses over the years, they got a huge pay-off and a gold-plated pension to boot. Now they are back on the Gravy Train in the Lords.

    What did the Labour manifesto - "A future far for all" - say about the House of Lords? Ah yes!

    "We will let the people decide how to reform our institutions and our politics, changing the voting system and electing a second chamber to replace the House of Lords."

    What utter and rank hypocrisy by the Labour party, but not a whimper of concern expressed by BBC Scotland political editors and correspondents. It was a case of congratulations all round.

    Finally, Brian can you update us on the Name-Change saga. Any sign of that SDS document that Labour has in its possession? Your credibilty for fairness and honesty now rests on checking the authenticity of Iain Gray's allegations. Are you going to pass this test????????

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  • 51. At 10:23am on 31 May 2010, wilddog wrote:

    #50 minuend
    Brian answers on a postcard please.

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  • 52. At 10:46am on 31 May 2010, enneffess wrote:

    44. rog_rocks:

    I'm too busy laughing at the debacle of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the world's briefest temporary job! (and I rarely refer comments).

    Perhaps Cameron could get the services of a recruitment agency and ask them to send in a different accountacy temp every day.

    I've heard that a high street bookies has come out with a new coupon for those not interested in the World Cup. Instead of Fantasy Football it is called Fantasy Politics (aka the Gray Report). You select your cabinet and get points for how long they stay in the job. But unfortunately you must pick three Lib Dems.......

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  • 53. At 10:48am on 31 May 2010, enneffess wrote:

    43. At 01:13am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:
    "You don't mind if I over-leap you do you old boy?"


    I was going to try some humour here but there is no chance it would get past the moderators!!

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  • 54. At 10:54am on 31 May 2010, The_Concept_Of_Mind wrote:

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  • 55. At 11:10am on 31 May 2010, GrassyKnollington wrote:

    This is getting silly now.

    I'm going to have to replace my fantastic The Scheme appreciation t-shirt reading,

    " Bullet's done a runna again"

    with

    "Lib Dem minister's done a runna again" which isn't nearly so catchy.

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  • 56. At 11:10am on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    No no Grannie Annie and enneffess, I just meant to that I do agree that who they sleep with, is as you say, none of my business but if they are using our tax money to rent group romp pads with all the eccessories and with all that flip flopping they do going on; then I guess that this changes the perspective on the situation.
    The Mods refered that themselves, it seems that I'm not allowed to dig up LibDem activities of days gone by. I wouldn't want to be seen to be causing harm :)

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  • 57. At 11:13am on 31 May 2010, redrobb wrote:

    In the movie All The Presidents Men aka REDFORD/HOFFMAN, what was it their informant (Deep Throat) told them to do? FOLLOW THE MONEY! Well if its not MONEY then its brother INFIDELITY, or our captains of industry / politics have some deep admiration for DICTATORS aka Adolf.......But invaribly its always the MONEY, only if JOE PUBLIC knew all the truth about the MONEY. Just how much do the GUYS & GALS get after all the years of following the party line! Millions I guess, but not a one will ever face a HM Custodial sentence, otherwise we may have to expedite the building of said dwellings...........

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  • 58. At 11:42am on 31 May 2010, spagan wrote:

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  • 59. At 11:56am on 31 May 2010, frankly francophone wrote:

    Imagine my surprise when I heard the chaps guffawing again, the chaps who do the review of the newspapers on the francophone version of France 24. You should see today's edition, which features mainly the "cascade of scandals" that has overtaken and apparently undermined the Cameron government, already.

    Needless to say, the chaps don't get the byzantine detail of the story absolutely right, but for them what is worth guffawing about is in part the very byzantine nature of the tangles and wangles that their English (sic) country cousins keep getting themselves caught up in.

    First there was the key government minister forced out of his taxpayer-subsidized closet almost immediately after his appointment. Then his virtually anonymous inexperienced replacement is instantly up to his elbows in another expenses controversy before he can even get to his new office. Whether or not Mr Alexander has a case to answer will presumably become clear eventually, but in the meantime Europe is having a good laugh.

    Seriously, what impression might one expect this preposterous pantomine to make in the financial markets, in view of the fact that the government post at the centre of it all is that of Chief Secretary to the Treasury . . . the minister responsible for the UK budget, in other words, who is supposed to be putting the disastrously disordered public finances in order . . . while struggling to put his own finances in order?

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  • 60. At 12:08pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    #45 Patrick Kirkwood

    Kama Sutra

    Ian Gray to replace Gordon Brown on top :)

    He gets my vote for that position.

    He'd better watch he doesn't get over-leaped on the way :)

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  • 61. At 12:10pm on 31 May 2010, handclapping wrote:

    #59 frankly francophone

    If he is as careful with our money as he obviously is with his, then the markets will have to look elsewhere for their scares.

    I have often thought that, judging by their actions and reactions, many market participants must still be watching Dr Who from behind the sofa.

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  • 62. At 12:12pm on 31 May 2010, handclapping wrote:

    Whereas we have to watch the Muppets live on the Politics Channel! 8-)

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  • 63. At 12:13pm on 31 May 2010, Online Ed wrote:

    Calls for new powers leave Labour out in the cold

    Newsnet Scotland

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  • 64. At 12:15pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    Now now Mandy, keep you're sabre in :)

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  • 65. At 12:29pm on 31 May 2010, frankly francophone wrote:

    #61 handclapping

    Not enough to be careful, it seems. Better to get it right while being careful and be seen to do so.

    On the European mainland, at least, Mr Alexander is apparently not being perceived to have got it right.

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  • 66. At 12:35pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

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  • 67. At 12:35pm on 31 May 2010, redrobb wrote:

    Jeez-oh MR Moderator, Robert Redford / Dustin Hoffman / Linda Lovelace and the movie All The Presidents Men, do have a kinda simlar vein of comparison to these UK style misuse of public monies!

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  • 68. At 12:37pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    Time for a couple od by-elections there I'm afraid!

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  • 69. At 12:42pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    oh dear barely fair;

    A new method for removing dodgy MP's was promised by Tweedle dee, dum and dem yet here we have still in service;

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  • 71. At 12:46pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    and Danny 'nth'n like my Sister' Alexander.

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  • 72. At 1:00pm on 31 May 2010, Ron McArthur wrote:

    David Laws has committed grievous damage to the coalition. This coalition had carried some goodwill from the electorate, thinking that this new politics might produce an open and honest new type of government. David Cameron must be livid, his new whiter than white partners have dealt him a mighty blow and members of his party who opposed the coalition can take no comfort in being proved right. Paddy Ashdown said David Laws was an honourable man for resigning, how is this possible?, the man has wiped out the credibility and integrity of the LIb/dems single handedly, he has given the coalition the biggest possible headache and dragged the expenses scandal back to the forefront of politics. This man should hang his head in shame, yet, we are told that it is hoped he will be able to return to government in the future. If he really wants to do the honourable thing, I would suggest he resign his seat.

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  • 73. At 1:15pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    I fought the law and the law won.

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  • 74. At 2:01pm on 31 May 2010, ziggyboy wrote:

    I'm not sure which Muppets are more entertaining the ones we have in Westminster or the ones on the telly.

    The public voted and the public got just what they needed - a bunch of completely incompetent losers.

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  • 75. At 2:34pm on 31 May 2010, FatherMacKenzie wrote:

    50.

    If the house of Lords is to be scrapped, wouldn't you expect them to appoint Lords who will vote to scrap it so the bill can get through the Lords?

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  • 76. At 2:58pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    Now that we have the Lib Demi. Moore in position as our top ranker, I hope it will only be his own assets that he strips from Scotland. Only teasing of course, he didn't break anything :) ...yet, accept his word, of course, but I heard that for politicians that’s ok, ...is it?

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  • 77. At 3:01pm on 31 May 2010, martin wrote:

    56. rog_rocks

    You sound pretty opinionated there. Ugh.

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  • 78. At 3:07pm on 31 May 2010, martin wrote:

    rog-rocks:

    "group romp pads with all the eccessories and with all that flip flopping they do going on"

    ?????????????????????

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  • 79. At 3:26pm on 31 May 2010, rog_rocks wrote:

    LoL, yip, was in the news! I am entitled to my opinion and to express it, I don't think it's an acceptable way for them to be spending my money. Even leading gay rights campaigners have agreed that this is wrong.
    I wonder if spanking paddles were on the list?

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  • 80. At 3:30pm on 31 May 2010, GrannieAnne wrote:

    50. minuend
    "Finally, Brian can you update us on the Name-Change saga. Any sign of that SDS document that Labour has in its possession? Your credibilty for fairness and honesty now rests on checking the authenticity of Iain Gray's allegations. Are you going to pass this test????????"

    Still awaiting an answer on that one.

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  • 81. At 3:41pm on 31 May 2010, brigadierjohn wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 82. At 3:46pm on 31 May 2010, GrannieAnne wrote:

    81. brigadierjohn

    A few days ago you were insisting that Electric Hermit was this Ballyhoo (or whatever the name is).

    You might want to watch that paranoia there. It's possible to get treatment I hear.

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  • 83. At 3:47pm on 31 May 2010, Patrick Kirkwood wrote:

    http://order-order.com/2010/05/31/rich-marks-monday-morning-view-68/

    Danny Alexander and expenses

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  • 84. At 3:48pm on 31 May 2010, GrannieAnne wrote:

    77. martinscot
    "You sound pretty opinionated there. Ugh."

    Most people are opinionated around here. If you don't know about MPs flip-flopping I suggest a little research.

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  • 85. At 3:54pm on 31 May 2010, Patrick Kirkwood wrote:

    The Fiberal Democrats strike again.

    http://mreugenides.blogspot.com/2010/05/that-david-laws-letter-to-his-successor.html

    "I'm afraid to tell you there is no money left. It is all in my partner's bank account."

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  • 86. At 3:59pm on 31 May 2010, brigadierjohn wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 87. At 4:10pm on 31 May 2010, Fit Like wrote:

    #81 Brigadier

    I thought Electric Hermit was bighulabaloo.

    There again, I actually thought Grannie Annie was Eye_Write by a different name until the latter reappeared and they started knocking lumps out of each other.

    I'm going to duck now...

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