Monday 19 January 2009

Osborne doth protest

The Tories are going to great lengths to make Clarke’s return not look like a snub to George Osborne.

There’s the repeated claim that it was Osborne's idea, the shadow chancellor - not Cameron - has been talking on the radio and the deal was even struck at his house.

But the fact such a point is being made of it gives a 'the lady doth protest too much', feel to the whole thing.

The Rushcliffe MP is going to be sitting on the front bench for the Commons statement on the new banking bail out.

Osborne will be bracing himself for some heckling from the opposite benches.

1 comment:

Paul Linford said...

Ironically New Labour tried something similar when Mandelson was first given the then Trade and Industry Secretary's job back in 1998. Gordon Brown had fought tooth and nail against Blair's plan to give Mandy an economic portfolio, but in the end the PM got his way. To soothe Gordon's ruffled feathers, they then tried to spin the line that it was Gordon's idea for him to go to T&I, and released a picture of the two of them discussing economic policy together. All complete balls, of course.

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