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hutch0
Date: 2007-11-29 22:53
Subject: schadenfreude corner 2 - harriet strikes back
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Prime Minister's Questions yesterday, as I thought, was mighty entertaining, and not only for the sight of David Cameron driving Gordon Brown close to a rage again. Apparently, the Prime Minister's image people have been trying to stop him getting angry, but that's really like telling a glacier to stop calving icebergs.
What I thought was interesting was Harriet Harman sitting right behind Gordon - you'll recall he was less than supportive of her in his press conference - with a stone face for much of the time. Half the time she appeared to be looking at Gordon's back and wondering which vertebrae to slip the knife between. The other half she seemed to be engaged in a staring contest with Theresa May, her opposite number. Either that or she was bemused by Theresa's cleavage-liberating top, presumably deployed to discombobulate Gordon.

I hear now that Harriet's people are saying that, during the Deputy Leadership contest, they went to Gordon's people asking if there were any Labour donors they could go to for funds, and Gordon's people gave them the name of one of David Abrahams's sockpuppets. Harriet's days are numbered - Gordon never wanted her in the job in the first place - but I think she's going to take people down with her when she goes. Let's not forget, her husband is the Labour Party Treasurer, and he didn't know about the Abrahams donations. And funnily enough, I think Harriet and her husband are telling the truth and they're spitting blood to find out that people like Hillary Benn did know about it. I think they're realising how much Gordon's cabal has sidelined them and they're starting to think about payback.
Or I could be wrong. It's happened before, it will happen again.

Anyway, I thought the performance of the day belonged once again to Vince Cable, who I am warming to very much. He didn't say a lot, but he made it count. And he's got great delivery.

Villagers who suffer from insomnia or have no taste can view the antics of the Mother Of All Parliaments here. Scroll down a bit until you find `UK Politics' and then click on `Prime Minister's Questions.' It should be up for the next few days.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2007-11-30 17:14 (UTC)
Subject: Am I the only person
Who is beggining to wonder if this David Abraham thing is a sting? It would be an easy enough con job to set up, and for some small sum of money (Which of course they would pay back, like with Ecclestone) you get to make the gvt look like greedy bastards.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-11-30 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Am I the only person
A lot of thoughts have been going through my head since this broke, but a deliberate sting never occurred to me.
That's wild. And you're right, it would be fairly cheap and easy to set up. Like all the best cons, the mark does all the important work themselves.

On the other hand, you need total deniability and a front-man who won't mind his life coming under the spotlight of the media and who won't crack under the pressure. You'd have to be really sure of him. It'd be a big risk. Unless Abrahamson set it up himself and doesn't care about being data-mined by the press.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2007-12-01 11:28 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Am I the only person
Yes, thats a good point. However, admittedly I have only heard stuff on the radio, not read the papers, but it seems that despite the suggestion that Abrahams was a front for someone else, nobody is looking into him very much. It seems like the press pack is treating him very lightly, whereas I know from the one media frenzy incident I have been peripherally involved in that the pack will go berserk if they think there is a good juicy story. Yet that doesn't seem to be happening just now.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-01 19:14 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Am I the only person
There have been some profiles, in the papers and here, but you're right, there seems to be nothing like the rabid interest in Michael Levy when the cash-for-honours affair was at its height.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2007-12-01 11:35 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Am I the only person
Well, the TImes seems to have had a go:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article2963711.ece

But it seems to be relying only on secondary sources. Perhaps real journalism is too expensive these days?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-01 19:22 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Am I the only person
Yeah, it looks like a well-done file job.
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