Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas every one (not you Littlejohn)

In the spirit of Christmas, I feel it would be uncharitable to pass any more comment on Richard Littlejohn's thoughtful and inspiring work on the five women murdered in Suffolk.
'in their chosen field of 'work', death by strangulation is an occupational hazard... in the scheme of things the deaths of these five women is no great loss'
So, I'll leave it to Mr Eugenides to spew the required bile in the direction of the great man. Strong words and unsuited for readers of a nervous disposition, but entirely deserved where that wretched piece of pseudo-humanity that identifies itself as Littlejohn is concerned. I'd even say that I'm not sure that Mr Eugenides has gone far enough. If ever there were cause to invent new profanities, this is one.

Moving on to more festive fare, for the past couple of years, we've convinced our children that Santa exists with the solid argument that if NORAD - which has the day job of spotting ballistic missile launches - is able to track him, then surely he must be real. (We've managed to head off awkward discussions about the inability of the US and the UK to track Osama bin Laden or locate Iraqi WMD thus far). Catch up with Father Christmas' progress around the planet here.

And finally, a little stocking-filler for me this year, with the Sunday Times/YouGov poll showing that LibDem support has slid down to 15%. Now, as always, there have to be the caveats that the LDs suffer from lack of exposure outside election periods and this is just one poll, but let me dream a little today, OK? If we ask Electoral Calculus to apply that (based on an entirely imaginary uniform voting pattern) the result is a massacre of the Lib Dems. The Kennedy era could return, largely because he'll be one of just 8 surviving Lib Dem MPs.

Predictably, the Libs suffer at the hands of the Tories, but a whole host of high-profile Liberal Democrats (I know that's an oxymoron of the first order) are sent packing: Nick Harvey, Jo Swinson, Phil Willis, Lynne Featherstone, Danny Alexander, Norman Baker, Lembit Opik, Norman Lamb, Evan Harris, Sandra Gidley, Susan Kramer, Nick Clegg, Lorely Burt and Vince Cable will be amongst those looking for new jobs. Even John Hemming will have to fall back on his millions, his country estate and his job as a councillor, but at least Yardley would be free again. Sadly, the cost would be a hung parliament, with the Tories 11 short of a majority and I'm not sure that I'd wish that on my country.

So, have a good Christmas everyone. Except Littlejohn, obviously.

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