Wednesday, 8 October 2008

PMQ's - some good and some bad

. It won't surprise anybody reading this to know that I personally do not 'wholeheartedly support' the government on this deal. So, it will be equally unsurprising that Nick Clegg's comments to that effect dismayed me; as did the fact that David Cameron seemed to be asking more probing questions about the particulars of the deal. Cameron did raise the question of what we are getting for our money, what specific restrictions will be placed on executive pay and such forth. Clegg however did not ask any such questions of the kind and in that sense it was an ineffective performance.

His second question about putting money back into the pockets of ordinary people was all well and good. I have no problem with saying we should not be maintaining a consensus on this issue but at the very least be showing willing to approach the deal with a degree of skepticism. Are we going to maintain this 'united-front' if taxes are raised and public spending is lashed?? Are we still going to say that the government should set itself up as a permanent cash-cow for the banking system??

4 comments:

Joe Otten said...

"Are we still going to say that the government should set itself up as a permanent cash-cow for the banking system??"

No, and we won't even say it for the first time, either.

Darrell G said...

Well that is what we are saying now. 'Wholehearted support' is the wrong note to strike in my view. It left David Cameron as the person who was asking what we are getting for our £2,000 outlay each.

It also left the Conservatives wiggle room which we now do not have...they have much more guardedly said 'constructive support'...it made us look like a pressure group not an opposition...

Joe Otten said...

Well if you can point me to the source of the "permanent cash-cow" line...

I suppose any passed up chance for point scoring will annoy some people, but to describe this as a 'united front' is way over the top.

Darrell G said...

Is it not the case that plans are now afoot to make sure that the B o E ensures the long term liquidity of the banking sector??

As to the united front remark i dont think it is at all; why?? Because 'wholehearted support' is support without qualification or caveat and if that isn't the case then maybe Clegg should say so....