Friday, March 27, 2009

The New Political TV Show Dream Team?

I'm feeling ill and can't go to bed cos the children don't go to school on Friday afternoons in these parts so I've been catching up on some blog reading over the last wee while. I haven't watched last night's Question Time yet, but a brief glance at the overnight Tweets from my insomniac friends indicated that Eric Pickles, MP for Brentwood and Ongar, made a bit of an arse of himself as he attempted to justify having a second home in London when his constituency is just a few miles north of London.

The more he spoke, the bigger the hole he dug for himself. A helpful Lib Dem blogger, Mark Reckons, has kindly posted a verbatim report which you can judge for yourself.

With Pickles' skill at judging the mood of his audience and Christina McKelvie's mastery of her brief demonstrated on a Newsnight Scotland interview last year, lampooned on YouTube by Natwatch, it dawned on me that it might be fun to get these two together on a tv show, Abbott and Portillo style.

The Scottish Futures Trust, for those of you south of the border, was another failed flagship policy of the SNP Government up here, to replace PPP, which nobody, not even their own people obviously, can understand. It's about as defensible as Pickles' second home...

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