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Monday, October 13, 2003


Charles Kennedy has reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet and all the coverage seems to imply that we are going after the Conservatives by adjusting our stance to right-of-centre-free-market-libertarianism. Oh dear!!! I suspect that this view is an oversimplification of the reality, it will certainly not be an easy path for the Parliamentary Party to tread if that is their intent. The spin has been swallowed hook, line and sinker by the media. Never mind it doesn't do any harm to be taken seriously as a potential Official Opposition.

I am grateful to Nick Barlow for this link to a typical view on the reshuffle and to Tim Hames for this wonderful description of Iain Duncan Smith contained therein: "Mr Duncan Smith has rendered himself slightly ridiculous. He combines the rhetoric of Charles Bronson in the Deathwish films with the demeanour of Frank Spencer in Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. This is not an election-winning formula."

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