So who's had a good week? Are their fortunes on the up or on the wane? My Conventional Wisdom Index seeks to track the fortunes of the major players in British politics. Next installment next weekend. Maybe by then we'll be able to use an upward narrow for a change...
Tony Blair ↓
Could hardly have been worse. When will the Inspector come knocking?
David Cameron ↔
Voices on the right beginning to ask: Where's the beef?
Ming Campbell ↓
Emerged from 3 week silence to call Tories 'unpleasantly right wing'. So much for the end of punch and judy.
Gordon Brown ↔
Fashion faux pas on African trip. Gives impression of wanting to give more money towards African education than our own
Labour Party ↓
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Who'd be a Labour local election candidate?
Conservative Party ↔
A week away from the headlines
Liberal Democrats ↔
A fourth week away from the headlines. But more importantly have avoided becoming involved in honours scandal
George Bush ↓
You know you're in trouble when you have to issue a ststement of support to Rumsfeld
Reputation of Politics ↓
Can it go any lower?