Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Damp squibgate

Well done to Vince Cable for brilliantly performing on the World at One (WATO - or I what I really want to call it - WHAT HO!) yesterday.

Whereas Cameron on Today on Tuesday made his internal divisions worse by attacking his detractors, Vince very carefully applied the political equivalent of halon gas* to the situation.

The Linda Jack story has really taken off. Apart from the BBC's initial online story it is covered media outlet, the East Anglian Daily Times, which describes Linda, quite rightly, as a "TOP LIB DEM".

In comparison, Lembit Opik considering for one and a half nano seconds that he might run for London Mayor, then rejecting the idea, is covered in 44 places.

* For the unanoraked, halon gas is "a compound in which the hydrogen atoms of a hydrocarbon have been replaced by bromine and other halogen atoms; very stable." It's used in computer rooms when there is a fire. It just waps in like a gas blanket and sucks all the oxygen out of the air, killing off the flames. There has to be a system to ensure everyone is out of the computer room before the gas is released, because it would kill you - you couldn't breathe.

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