'Calamity' Clegg has been overheard slagging off his colleagues again. By a Mirror journalist. Again. Only a couple of years ago, Cleggy was heard bitching about the disorganised Ming Campbell while on the phone to another journalist, but this time, he was discussing reshuffles with his sidekick Danny Alexander while a Mirror hack listened from the seat in front. Curious, really - perhaps he wanted to be heard...
On Steve 'WhoHe' Webb - allegedly their spokesman on climate change and marked down as the next unlucky man to be Lib Dem leader when Clegg is inevitably ousted:
Webb must go. He’s a problem. I can’t stand the man. We need a new spokesman. We have to move him. We need someone with good ideas. At the moment, they just don’t add up. Give David [Laws] a day and he’ll come up with more good ideas than Webb has come up with in a year... But we need to keep him in the cabinet. As a backbencher, he’d be a pain in the arse, a voice for the left. And we can’t move him before the spring.
What about sending him to 'shadow' the Foreign Office brief, asks Danny.
He’d be useless. And he wouldn’t do it.
On Julia Goldsworthy:
We have to move her too. She gets patronised. And we can’t give her Foreign. She’s just not equipped to do it.
On David 'Smug Git' Laws
Laws is not enjoying Education. The Tories have left him no space. But he’s got a forensic intelligence – he’s probably the best brain we have.
This isn't saying a massive amount, to be frank.
And poor old Chris Huhne, already facing a fight with the Tories for his parliamentary seat, is damned for lacking 'emotional intelligence.'
I'm sure his meetings with his colleagues will be particularly frosty this week.