Whippet? No - paid for it on expensesDave "call me Dave" Cameron is probably not very comfortable right now. The generally held view seems to be that the Daily Telegraph will spin the bottle tonight so that it points at the Tories, and a lot of nasty stuff about the Shadow cabinet will pour out.
Naturally the Labour spin-machine will crank into action, and -- doubtless with a lot of help from Nick Robinson and the Today Program -- attempt to push their own troughing out of the limelight, to be replaced by shocking revelations that George Osborne also has a patio heater that we, the tax payers, have a 90% stake in.
The sphere-that-we-call-Blog is alive with criticisms of the .. er .. lack of criticism of the Cabinet's troughing coming from HM's Opposition today. Guido leads the charge, querying the "Strange Silence of the Opposition", and many others agree.
Iain Dale, after running around excitedly all last night and this morning like a Sunny-Delighted toddler, has gone all quiet (tired? Bless) and not blogged about 'Profligate' all afternoon. Wonder why?
CF, whilst leaning to the right, could not be said to be a whole-hearted supporter of the Conservatives but, like a kebab after a late-night drinking session, BluLabour are pretty much all that's on the menu right now, and if there's anything damaging enough to give Gordon the upper hand, and he dives for a snap election and he somehow scrapes a tiny majority ... well, then we're fucked. Say it ain't so, Dave.
Doubtless the Tories have worked this out for themselves, but in spite of that, no pre-emptive action has been taken. No-one's resigned, or even burst into tears and owned up. Either they're all quietly confident that they're clean (well, at least relatively clean) , or they're working out which pair of Chino's to take to Provence, and which to leave in their, sorry our, London flat.
Dave? Don't go to bed too early tonight...
UPDATE: clearly, Dave reads this blog (who doesn't?), and it's stung him into action. He sent an email to CF (well, and everyone else) earlier, saying
"The end of the week has been dominated by expenses stories - and I expect there will be many more over the coming months, from all parties. I understand why people are angry about this .. This is just the first step to a cleaner, more open system. Slowly and surely we're going to re-build the trust between politicians and the people they serve."
From all parties? So, getting a little bit of apology in ahead of the accusations, eh?