Daily View 2×2: 2 June 2009

2 Big Stories

Expenses ‘mistake’ hangs over Darling
The Financial Times reports that not even the Chancellor himself is blameless in the MPs’ expenses controversy:

Alistair Darling’s future as chancellor was looking precarious on Monday after he admitted making “a mistake” over his expenses and Gordon Brown refused to say whether he would be in his job in 10 days’ time.

Mr Darling yesterday paid back £668 he wrongly claimed and apologised “unreservedly” but speculation was growing at Westminster that he could become the first chancellor in postwar Britain to be demoted in the middle of a recession.

Three things must ye know about this story:

1. Gordon Brown is a hopeless poker player –

Mr Brown on Monday refused to answer questions about Mr Darling’s future, telling Channel 4 News: “Alistair Darling has been an excellent chancellor.” When pressed, Mr Brown said only: “Alistair Darling has been a great chancellor.”

2. Our own Shadow Chancellor sums up Darling’s fate so much better than anyone else:

Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman, said he was “in many ways a capable guy”, but added: “They are writing his obituary.”

3. “Alistair Darling” is an anagram of “Sangria? Raid Till!”

Speaking of which…

Shamed MEPs take share of £20m ‘farewell’ payout
From The Times:

Three politicians accused of misusing public money will receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in pensions and benefits as part of a £20 million payoff for British MEPs who retire this week.

One of these is Ashley Mote, the former UKIP MEP who was jailed for benefit fraud. His pension is worth £174,968 and he will also get a “transitional alllowance” of £32,382.

2 Must-Read Blog Posts

Euro Influence
Richard Allan writes on the power of the European Parliament, compared with the Westminster one, and explains why a protest vote for UKIP is an own goal for voters who are hostile to the EU:

If some of the polls are correct then UKIP will also have a good election. Their position is overtly on the fringes of the legislative process as they don’t believe in the EU institutions at all. They therefore cannot be relied upon to take an active role in debating the detail of legislative proposals that, as long as the EU does exist, will have a major impact on British citizens. Meanwhile the European Parliament has no real role in deciding issues such as EU treaties which belong to the UK and other national governments.

Haikus at Kings Cross
Bridget Fox‘s blog post contains three of civilisation’s greatest achievements: haikus, trains and Twitter:

The arts centre at Kings Place is sponsoring a haiku-writing contest for Londoners. Entries are flashed up on screen at Kings Cross station.

Islington haikus
Twitter your lines to take part
What a great idea!

What’s your view on today’s big stories? Answers, please, in the comments below. (Haikus or anagrams optional…)

Read more by or more about , , , , , , , or .
This entry was posted in Daily View.


Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • User AvatarRichard S 2nd Apr - 12:31am
    Ex-member with a question. Have previous leadership contests been great recruiting drives? If not, get it done when nobody is watching,
  • User Avatarmatt 2nd Apr - 12:20am
    @Dilettante Eye There is going to be a day of reckoning when this is all over and we need a royal commission to get to...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 2nd Apr - 12:17am
    Michael BG, it is not difficult to understand if you make a little effort. The figures for increasing the work allowance are £1.1 billion per...
  • User AvatarRichard S 1st Apr - 11:55pm
    Oliver, What you write comes out of fair-mindedness, and that means you will be a liberal for life, regardless of whatever crazy direction the people...
  • User AvatarRichard S 1st Apr - 11:34pm
    (there are length limitations - I had to cut a bit saying: yes, but stay at home till we have enough ventilators) Basically, if there...
  • User AvatarRichard S 1st Apr - 10:38pm
    Am reminded of Senator McCain arguing with his own supporter that Obama was a "decent family man". How long ago that seems now.
Mon 27th Apr 2020