Vain Vince v. Bruiser Balls and Calamity Clegg

David Hencke’s comments that Nick Clegg is talking to Ed Balls because he doesn’t want Vince Cable to grab power has the ring of truth. A few weeks ago Radio 3 broadcast a programme on the rivalry and backstabbing between politicians in the same parties. The blurb for the programme had a particularly apt quote from Denis Healey ‘Your opponents are on the opposite benches, but your enemies are in the same party.’

Westminster Confidential

As we start gearing up to the next general election political parties always make extravagant claims that they will win. The reality at the moment is neither the two biggest parties – Labour or Tory – are likely to get an overall majority. The intervention of UKIP and the fact that the Liberal Democrats are likely to cling on in their strongholds – even if they lose seats – has seen to that.

That’s why the rather bizarre reconciliation between Nick Clegg and Ed Balls is particularly interesting. For whatever the  parties are saying publicly, everyone knows the Liberal Democrats will be talking to Labour as well as the Tories.And they will start worrying who is going to get what in any new coalition.

In  a story on Exaro News  earlier I illustrated this – from information obtained  from two independent  Westminster sources – one in the Labour Party…

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