Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Brown Gurns on MP Expenses
Sorry for the lack of posting today. I have been at the London Book Fair all morning. Various people have emailed me asking if I have seen the PM's video on expenses. I just watched it. Oh dear. It's as if there is someone behind the camera holding up a board every 30 seconds which says SMILE. I'd love to know what a body language expert makes of this performance. I know what I think...
As to the political ramifications, all I can say is that it is unheard of for a Prime Minister to make a major announcement like this the day before a budget. It makes you wonder why he is trying to deflect the media's attention away from the budget doesn't it? Or am I being overly cynical? I don't think so.
If he truly wanted a consensus on these issues he would have called in Cameron and Clegg before making the announcement, not after. He's trying a trick. Hopefully Cameron and Clegg will have a conversation before the meeting and stop any attempt to catch them out.
UPDATE: Anthony Barnett says: "We are now witnessing the end game. The idea that it will last another year is too excruciating. Just watch this video of Brown! Rarely can a disease have presented itself so unconvincingly as the cure."