"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Surprise Of The Morning

I had to rub my eyes and blink when I read this morning's news that Lord Oakeshott had actually been sacked by Clegg for his outburst yesterday - not because he didn't deserve it but because something had actually been done.

I listened to Oakeshott's comments on the radio and he was vehemently outspoken about Treasury policy and the coalition. It's one thing to have a personal opinion but quite another to air them so publicly when you're a member of the Front Bench Treasury team - has the man never heard of the principle of collective responsibility? Clegg's move isn't so much about stifling dissent within the ranks, though I'm sure it does play a part, as it is about staying within the rules of governance.

Oakeshott, ex-Labour Party member and never elected to anything, was sacked not because of what he said (I'm sure there are many who privately agree with him - Cable for one) but because he didn't stay within the rules and had to go.  He still retains his place in the House of Lords and has now been freed up to flit from studio to studio to be another talking head on government economic policy.

His CV

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