God I hate the media in this country sometimes:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nickrobinson ... attle.html
I'd just like to point out the actual text of the note, which read:
"Geoff Hoon" wrote:
Just a quick note to thank you for all your help during the period leading up to last Wednesday's vote. I wanted you to know how much I appreciated all your help.
I trust that it will be appropriately rewarded!...With thanks and best wishes,
Apparently, according to Cameron, the Daily Telegraph
and now no end of media columnists, armchair government bashers etc. that is the proof
that the government was involved in some untoward deals and bribes to push 42 through the Commons. (Obviously deals never take place in politics).
It seems that no-one has actually bothered reading
the note though. In particular "thank you for all your help during the period leading up to last Wednesday's vote
Hang on, Mr. Cameron! I thought the accusation was that the government had offered bribes
for voting for 42 days
. How much more abundantly clear is it that this note could have no such connotations, even if you disregarded the fact that the "suitably rewarded" comment was not a joke? I'll just clarify: helping the government in the run up to the vote means that Vaz must have always intended to vote with the government. This being the case, then no question of any shady dealings to make Vaz vote for 42 days could have taken place: it's a no-brainer, but now Brown is getting bashed around the head for it.
The Tories seem more concerned with the destruction of this government and one-upmanship than actually giving the public an alternative. This is probably because it's quite easy to do, but I fear for a public that votes a government into office (which it is clearly going to do come 2010), having no idea what they stand for, what they offer, or what they would do differently to the previous administration.