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Oh Vince Cable – You have gotten yourself into a right pickle haven’t you?

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Two posts in two days. Whatever next?

This one has been inspired by Vince Cable’s announcement that he might abstain on the Tuition Fees bill. Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5Live today the Business Secretary – who has oversight for universities – Cable said, “My own personal instinct, partly because I’m the secretary of state responsible for universities and partly because I think the policy is right, my own instincts are very much to vote for it but we want to vote as a group.”

The likelihood of a Lib Dem block vote seems remote but when the #2 in the party is willing to not back his own departments plans then it really is quite baffling. I love Vince Cable like most Lib Dems. I think he’s a bright man who brings a lot to the party but when you hold a position in government and you aren’t prepared to fully back what you are putting to the Commons then it just doesn’t work. He openly admits that the party are going through difficult times and that is clear for everybody to see. They are torn every which way they go. Do they back what they believe in a fairer system or do they not. If they fail to back it then other Lib Dem policies would come under threat from the Tories.

So the big question is whether or not the Tuition Fees bill is one worth risking everything for. If they do pull out and either en-masse abstain or even vote it down – they what will the ramifications be? Will the public rejoice that the Lib Dems listened to their people and showed that when it comes down to it they will not risk their principles or will the public see them as weak and when push comes to shove they are unable to make the big hard decisions that governments have to make?

That is a difficult question to answer and due to the fact we do not have a Mirror from Stargate or any other ways to go into parallel universes we’ll only ever see one side of that equation play out. I must admit I don’t know which way I want the MPs to go but I think I want them to man-up and do what they think is best for the country today. If that is vote for it and take the flak that will come their way then so be it. I’d prefer grown-up politics and policies that trying to keep everybody happy. For the party the best thing to do is probably to vote down the bill as that will play out well with the young people of the country but for the country as a whole it’s not the best thing.

So Political Party or the Country? That is the question. The answer..well we shall see.

As for Vince though. Vince I do love you but if you abstain then you have to resign as a member of the cabinet. Your position will be untenable. This is your departments bill and if you don’t back it then why should anyone?

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November 30th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

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Would I date Kerry Katona?

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Now that is a title of a blog post I never thought I’d write.

I think it is fair to say that it is a question that I’ll never have to answer except for this hypothetical blog post. A few weeks back I saw her in the Daily Mail (yes I read the DM online – as I do The Sun, Guardian and the Indy – I used to read the Times as well but the pay wall annoys me). I think reading all the papers (the online Star, Mirror and Express are rubbish) gives me a greater grasp of everything going on in the World and it also makes me chuckle reading the same story written by four different writers with four different sets of bias.

Anyway as per usual. I digress.

Being the whizz I am with the interwebs I have managed to find the article Linky and thought her new image wasn’t half bad. not half bad at all. Anyway today whilst perusing The Sun online I saw another Kerry article – Linky and thought to be blunt that she was dang hot.

I was also caught unawares that she is only 30 years of age. I thought she was much older. So on just looks I’d date Kerry Katona in a heartbeat but as we all know – even those will very little interest in the media – that she’s not had an easy time of late and mentally her stable-ness has I think it is fair to say been in question.

Now when your future husband has a sexual act performed on him on his stag do and doesn’t see a problem with it then I can see why you are a bit screwed up. Really that was not cool. I’d say that is seriously uncool and it was no surprise that the relationship with Bryan McFadden (aka the fat one out of Westlife who thought he could leave and be the next Robbie Williams) didn’t exactly thrive. There is no way that trust could ever be regained no matter how hard she tried to move on. (I’m defending Kerry Katona – is that the twilight zone?).

Now then she got with a real scumbag by the sounds of it. Obviously I can only go from what we read in the media and maybe the media have not reported in accurately (but all those papers mentioned have called him a scumbag and they never agree on anything – except that Heather Mills is the devils play mate) so maybe he is a real scumbag after all. Her self-worth seemed to be through the floor and when you saw her performance on This Morning a year or so back you just shook your head in despair.

That was rock bottom. She’s finally away from the evil ex so what does she do next? She goes on a dating website but doesn’t put a picture of her on there and she gets a date. So this guy is waiting to meet this person (whom he doesn’t know is Kerry Katona) and suddenly in she walks with a TV crew. Seriously? Seriously? Now I know you have a reality TV show to record and want to make it as interesting as possible but does anyone in their right mind think that someone would be happy to have a first date recorded under the glare of the TV cameras and then a watching audience? Unsurprisingly there was no second date with this gentleman.

I think the key terminology in the previous paragraph was ‘anyone in their right mind’ she clearly was not and I have no idea if she is now. However I do think she’s be interesting conversation although I suspect she’s not the brightest light in the room when it comes to intellectual stimulation.

So to summarise and answer the question at the top of the blog. Yes. Yes I think I would. First of all it would be an experience. Secondly it would be very interesting to spend an evening with someone with such a back story and thirdly well – she is fit. All of this though would be on strict condition of TV cameras.

So Kerry – what do you say…?

Kerry…?

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November 29th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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