Tuesday, 30 November 2010

The Return Flight

It was interesting to see in the latest list of nominated peers that the name of Howard Flight appeared.

You may recall that former Tory MP Howard Flight was secretly recorded discussing plans for cuts in the run up to the 2005 election.

What he suggested has been completely eclipsed just five years later and fell far short of even what Labour proposed at the last election. Michael Howard, in a last-ditch bid to look like a strong leader in the waning election campaign, summoned the TV cameras to his home and fired Flight live on air.

His treatment was a textbook example of when being ruthless was unnecessary. Nick Herbert, now the policing Minister took his safe seat and seemingly ended the career of the experienced former MP.

I'm sure he will get on famously with his fellow red-bencher Lord Howard…

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