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So had a chance to catch up with a few items that I had glossed over throughout the week. Osborne’s interview declaring himself as definitely a “fiscal Conservative” seems a bit strange, considering moments before he said he would only cut tax if it was with surplus money. Surely the point of a fiscal Conservative is that we believe the economic freedoms of low-tax stimulate the economy? And so lowering taxes will bring in money into the economy? Not to mention fiscal Conservatism is about not punishing success. Is this not the entire point? Thankfully, like she did on Question Time, Janet Daley picked up on this.
All this snow and travel chaos is good news for someone (such as myself) who plans to leave London for Christmas next week. I imagine some time next week after the parties, I will be stranded on an overcrowded train stuck on a Marylebone platform blogging from my BlackBerry. Be warned.
Someone (stupidly I can’t remember nor find it) tweeted yesterday asking if anyone but the Guardian still cared about Wikileaks. I sincerely hope that this will soon be the case. Yet like anything that’s this big, a case like Assange’s makes for good news. I’d like to say that I will no longer blog about him, but I’m a realist. I’m pretty sure within the next 48 hours he’ll do something sufficiently irritating that will provoke a reaction.
One of the headlines in the Telegraph this morning reads: “Senior Tory prepares to admit he’s gay.” As a headline this rather amused me. As an article I don’t think it is really newsworthy. Like Wikileaks, I truly look forward to the day when it doesn’t matter at all if a politician is gay or not. Each time a Tory comes out of the closest I always feel its a little politically motivated. ‘Look at me, I’m gay and a Tory.’ I recognise that the Conservative Party isn’t homophobic now, but I suppose not everyone does (and the last election proved that). There’s a comment in the article that gay rights groups are happy he’s come out. I’d personally be happier, and thought they would be to, if it didn’t have to be mentioned at all. No one should care.
And if you’re behind the paywall I urge you to read Robert Crampton’s A Test of Fatherly Love, like all of his columns it is brilliant, dry and throroughly entertaining.
Edit And the eagerly awaited Simon Heffer interview for Total Politics has just gone online as well.