Didn't get around to reading the Sunday's until tonight. The rugby reports saved it for me. Otherwise, it was depression all around for anyone who wants to be an MP. I suppose its even worse for anyone who is an MP. Reports of 'snouts' and 'troughs' on almost every page. It seems that politicians have never been held in such low esteem. Could hardly find another story to comment on. I'd hoped there would be a lot about the thoughts of David Freud, who has been taken on as an advisor by Peter Hain's successor at the Department of work and Pensions, James Purnell. I'd read an article by Freud in the Telegraph last week, and it was radical stuff about welfare reform. The only comment that I could find was by Iain Martin in the Sunday Telegraph.
Martin quotes from the Freud article. "Gordon Brown has now said that they are going to do it......welfare is a mess that no-one can manage.......the system we've got at the moment sends 2.64 million people into a form of economic house arrest........its got to be the private sector.......somebody will see a gap in the market and make a fortune." We know what Gordon Brown has thought about what David Freud has been saying in the past. He'd have been shown the door in seconds. Now he's been taken on as an advisor.
Now this is really important stuff. Its territory that excites some of those who comment on my blog including Sanddef and Christopher Wood. I suppose this furore about allowances and employment rules will ease as policies are adopted to deal with an issue that has dealt such a heavy blow to the body politic. And then we can return to one of the issues which will decide the next General Election.
UPDATE - Worth reading debate on this in the comments on David Jones, MP's blog