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hutch0
Date: 2008-01-29 22:48
Subject: pocket boroughs - because calcinations is right...
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...if I keep shoving these people in Schadenfreude Corner there'd be no room left for people like Conrad Black. And it's important I leave room for people like Conrad Black.

Meanwhile, life continues to go from bad to worse for Derek Conway, the Tory MP who took his little boy to work and paid him a salary almost as big as mine (and for less hours) as he was today expelled from the Parliamentary Tory Party and could be questioned by police after it emerged that he had also paid his other son.

Cameron didn't really have any choice but to expel him, after continually calling for the suspension of the likes of Hain and Harman for their own alleged irregularities, but this decision could come back and bite him. Conway's a popular figure in the Party, and the Tories who didn't want Cameron to take over as Leader have been looking for a figurehead of their own to mass behind, someone with nothing to lose.

(And a note to quietselkie: the phrase `withdraw the whip' is a venerable Parliamentary term and not an occasion for sniggering. Although with the Tories you can never be too sure)
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-30 20:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They do, but I believe it's traditional for the MP in question to keep the gimp mask.

Welcome to the villages, by the way.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-30 21:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Absolutely. Some things are sacred. A chap's gimp mask is his castle.

The friends of Selkie are always welcome here. Grab a chair, put your feet up, have a drink. We're out of daiquiris, though. (Selkie drinks them all, you know.)

*shakes hands*
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-30 21:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, cider too, huh? Hm... ;-)
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RealThog: sunset
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-30 00:58 (UTC)
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The big question is how the whip got up there in the first place.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-30 20:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's a thought that's going to fester.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-30 20:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You have whips too? I didn't know that. I should have paid more attention to the Law and Politics part of my degree course; everything I know about US politics I learned from The West Wing.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-31 22:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yup, that's us, spreading joy and civilisation wherever we go.
I should have guessed it derives from hunting.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-30 21:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Anyway, this is all now moot, because today Derek Conway announced he would stand down at the next election and not seek reelection. And then he proved what an astute political commentator I am by heaping praise on David Cameron and all his works.

Meanwhile, as you'd expect, the sons are coming under some media scrutiny, particularly young Henry, a coiffeured bundle of class privilege if I ever saw one. The Telegraph, you may note, takes a somewhat disapproving tone.
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RealThog: sunset
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-31 01:50 (UTC)
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"Anyway, this is all now moot"

Well, not really, I'd assume, because won't the criminal investigations into Conway continue? Or are burglars and muggers in future going to be let off scot free if they promise to retire from the "profession"?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-31 22:24 (UTC)
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I meant moot in terms of his immediate political career. The question of whether there will be a police investigation is still up in the air.
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