Good Week, Bad Week 13/02/11…


Good Week

David Cameron- Cameron has had a good week on two fronts- his handling of the Egyptian uprising and his determination to defend his “Big Society” idea. Often in politics, it’s not what you say, it’s knowing when to keep quiet on sensitive topics. Egypt has been a very sensitive topic over the past couple of weeks and has been dealt with well by all in the Western world in my opinion. Cameron’s short statement on Friday after Mubarak’s resignation was concise and to the point, in contrast to Gordon Brown’s ramblings or Tony Blair’s all too exquisite sound bites. The Prime Minister’s defence of his “Big Society” idea shows he really does believe the volunteer sector can aid the recovery, although he needs to set out more explicitly how the third sector can survive in the age of austerity.

Nick Clegg- Clegg has had yet another quiet week, with his only high profile media appearance being an audience with around twenty disgruntled students for BBC News. I admire Clegg for his continued appearances on such forums- it can’t be easy being called an “idiot” constantly by those under the age of thirty. Slowly the heat will die down around the whole tuition fees issue Clegg would hope in the second half of the Parliament.

Ed Miliband- Miliband has had a relatively decent if unspectacular week. He seems to be getting better presentationally at Prime Minister’s Questions and his party’s opinion poll rating with YouGov are now bigger than both the Coalition parties combined. Opinion poll ratings in Scotland point towards a minority Labour Government- would Miliband sanction a formal Coalition between his party and the Lib Dems North of the border? That’s a question that will be answered come mid May.

Bad Week

Ken Clarke- Clarke this week warned that the coalition will face “some political difficulty” when the middle classes realise how badly they will be hit by the spending cuts. That statement and his stance over prisoner votes may cost him his job in any subsequent reshuffle.

Ed Balls- A report in The Daily Mail this weekend stated Labour ministers put pressure on international inspectors to “tone down” warnings about the precarious state of the economy before the financial crisis, which is at odds with Balls’ own version of events before the crash. This article strangely wasn’t reported elsewhere in the right wing press, so the damage to Balls’ credibility will likely be limited.

Francis Maude- Maude was booed loudly on BBC Question Time for mentioning the large deficit which was left by the previous Government- time for a new attack line from the Coalition on this matter perhaps?

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