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Monday, May 31, 2010

Speaking too soon

Rather foolishly I went away for the weekend having first written a series of posts to be published during my absence. One of these was on Freedom Central and celebrated the fact that the Thirsk and Malton delayed election indicated that the coalition government was still in its honeymoon period.

Of course within hours of my arrival at Hay-on-Wye the first indications of the Telegraph story on David Laws hit Twitter and it no longer felt like any sort of honeymoon. For the record I do not believe that David Laws had any choice but to resign as it seems that his claims are clearly in breach of the rules.

However, it is also apparent that this was a misjudgement on his part rather than blatant dishonesty as if he had followed the rules to the letter he would have actually have been able to claim more than he did.

Within 24 hours of Danny Alexander being appointed to succeed David Laws as Chief Secretary to the Treasury the Telegraph was off again making allegations about his tax affairs that turned out to be not only misleading but untrue. I am told that they are also rooting about i the affairs of other Liberal Democrat MPs.

It is not for me to criticise the proper scrutiny of government ministers by the media but it does appear as if the Daily Telegraph has taken upon itself the role of judge, jury and executioner, picking its victims at will and using whatever means it can to undermine them.
Well I am happy to go on record as saying the Telegraph are waging this witch hunt because they don't want a Liberal Democrat in the treasury, they are obviously not happy about the rise in cpital gains tax and Laws has taken the blow for it.
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