Oh dear. Tim Montgomerie, the very mention of whom causes me to snort, seems to be saying that David Laws, the very mention of whom causes me to take a long, thoughtful intake of breath, is in the frame for a cabinet position.
Don’t get me wrong.
David Laws is extremely talented and deserves a break. I suspect he will be given the Minister of State role in the department of thinking very earnestly while wearing a hessian shirt. I believe he is widely respected in the party for his economic expertise. But I don’t sense an instinctive connection with the grassroots.
Lib Dem cabinet positions are as rare as rocking horse fertiliser. How many is it? In my current relaxed position, I am having trouble counting… Let me see. Four. The trouble is David Cameron-Major is not going to give us another cab seat. Forget it. So who goes to let the blessed, sainted member for Yeovil take up his annointed seat in the cabinet? Danny Alexander?
I don’t think so.
Despite, and perhaps because of, the reveration with which self-masticating Tories regard Monsieur Laws, I would find it hard to imagine that he is the fantasy beer drinking partner for much of the party.
This post was amended post-publication to put away the cat’s claws and imbue it with a little more human charity.Tweet