Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Farewell Sir Malcolm


So Malcolm Rifkind was only willing to return to the Commons if he could be leader, or barring that Shadow Foreign Sec. What an ungrateful bunch we are. His statement this evening reached new heights in political arrogance. Here's an excerpt. "I informed David that, in the event of him becoming Leader of the Party, I would be very happy to concentrate on foreign policy from within the Shadow Cabinet if that would be helpful. If, however, he had other plans in regard to this and other senior positions in the Shadow Cabinet, it would be my intention to work for the Party from the backbenches. This is what I now intend to do over the period ahead." I am given to understand that Sir Malcolm has been Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary for the last six months. Hmmm. You could be forgiven for not having noticed. His absence from our TV screens and newspaper columns last week on the Turner report was lamentable. I'm delighted our new leader thought so too.

4 comments:

martinhayes said...
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martinhayes said...

Sir Malcolm Rifkind wasnt even a nearly man, he was a sober and thoughtful minister but it is astonishing that truly believed in his heart of hearts he was the man to lead the Conservative party. It is a clear sign of how detached some politicians become from reality. He does at least have the ability to raise the level of debate within the house of commons chamber which is more than be said for many of the old duffers who are hanging onto good seats which should go hungry candidates at the next election.

prolix said...

Malcolm who?

Andrew Woodman said...

Well rid if he's not prepared to be part of a team. Another of the so called 'big beasts' who throw their toys out of the pram when they don't get their own way. It's no wonder we lost in 97 so heavily.