I was genuinely frustrated to see this morning's splash on Danny Alexander. Frustrated not because the story has been exposed, but frustrated because Danny Alexander has literally just taken up the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury following the downfall of David Laws.
Now, less than 48 hours on, we have a (small) questionmark over Mr Alexander.
I will stick my neck out and predict that Danny's first / second home allocation loophole will not cost him his job, but I will also predict that in drips and drabs, we'll see more expenses related stories around Lib Dem MP's, who were until three weeks ago, hardly worth investigating.
Is there any chance at all that we could give the Cleggolition Government a chance to get off the ground before trying to kill it before it grows?
This isn't any vote of confidence in the hung Parliament situation we find ourselves in, or indeed in the coalition Government itself, but, and I can't quite explain it, there seems to be a very unsporting feeling to what's happening.
I made it quite clear that I didn't think David Laws could stay in post, and indeed, 24 hours later, he resigned his position. I don't intend on running down my list of reasons why David had to go, and why I praise him for making the decision he eventually made - but feel free to scroll down if you want to read previous ramblings.
I am slightly new to all this movie publishing stuff, but this is a Youtube video of my debate with Tony Grew on ePolitix.com on Sunrise with the excellent Mark Longhurst.
I still reject any suggestion that Mr Laws was forced out because of his sexuality, and stress that I think the unfortunate byproduct of this story coming out is that his sexuality has been exposed. For this, I am truly sorry for David.
My key assertion however is that Mr Laws would find himself in exactly the same position in as far as his job goes, if we were dealing with a secret Landlady lover. There are undoubtedly some unfortunate people out there who will be more shocked because we are talking about a Landlord, and those people should get over this - it's 2010!
People should try to have some empathy with David however because his very private affairs have been dragged in to the open, and WOULD have been dragged in to the open without Mr Laws statement to the Telegraph, in which he spoke of his sexuality.
... But I cannot accept that Mr Laws has been driven out because he is gay.
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