Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Will Hilary Armstrong Get a Whipping?
Labour whips have been quick to cover their backs following last night's debacle on the Religious Hatred Bill. And guess who their fingers have all been pointing at? Got it in one. Hilary Armstrong. Surely her tenure as Chief Whip is now entering the final 'bunker' days. First out of the "It wasn't me, Guv" traps was Pairing Whip Tommy McAvoy, who was storming round the House of Commons telling anyone he could find that he had warned the Chief to haul back the 20 MPs who had been given to day off to campaign in the Dunfermline by-election. She thought differently, and we have all seen the result... So who will Blair appoint to replace her? Hot money is... and don't fall over in amazement... the hot money is on Geoff 'Buff' Hoon.