Yesterday ConservativeHome and Guido both had stories about a possible return to the frontbench for David Laws, saying the government were testing the water on how it would be recieved.

YouGov ran a question for the Sun yesterday asking if people thought David Laws should be able to return to the government – at present, the answer appears to be no.

23% of respondents thought that Laws had paid the price for his earlier errors and should be able to return to government. A further 20% said he should be able to return to government eventually, but it was still too soon. 39% said it would never be appropriate for him to return to government.

163 Responses to “Should David Laws return to government?”

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  1. @HOWARD
    Whats an “e” between friends when he is going to alienate the public, embarrass the hell out of Milliband,
    either of them, and make people realise why they need the Tories.

  2. I am sure he is capable of all those things, Roland, my point is that he has been very effective in the past on the day job. Perhaps he has amassed so much personal wealth, he feels he can branch out in the way he always yearned to do. It made me think about this after today’s death of the Scots leader, Jimmy Reid.

    I remember the latter’s ‘a rat race is for rats’. I don’t know if that was original thought but it was a good line.

  3. Roland @5.05pm

    Pleasure-yes I wouldn’t pay the £1-I think its a trial for theindustry to see if they can get people to pay for reading the papers on the Net.

    “Perhaps it is our life experiences and backgrounds, but I just dont see a majority of Brits going for that in a hurry.”

    Lets hope not. Though “the public” are a fickle bunch. I think if “fairness” can be seen to be a central thread they stand a chance of carrying the punters. Trouble is “fairness” is somewhat in the eye of the beholder.
    I have no doubt Private Sector workers on the dole/part time will see public sector job losses as fair-but will the people being laid off?. And then there are the little things which make big ripples…like today’s Playgound thing. Is that really neccessary?

    Its going to be a tightrope walk ;-)

  4. Howard
    ” Perhaps he has amassed so much personal wealth, he feels he can branch out in the way he always yearned to do”

    Crow gets a salary of £84,923, plus pension contributions totalling £28,088.( 33% of salary!)

    But he is not in the same league as Derek Simpson-who will also be taking the lads out on the streets before long.

  5. Colin/Howard,

    I have unearthed archival material during the course of my research on Mr. Crowe’s political links, that would make goose pimples stand on the back of your neck… (thoroughly unrepeatable in the public domain).

    Anyone of sound principle on the left would not touch him with a barge pole.

    Derek Simpson I rate although I much prefer Tony Woodley or Charlie Whelan. The last name is sure to earn me very few pals from left or right but he’s my favourite Union boss :)

  6. @EOIN
    Just because you are a gentleman, it does not mean Rupert Murdoch will be 3 months into a political strike.
    So, Bob Crow could do even more damage than I suspected.

  7. Roland,

    It is not to hard to find the material on Crowe so I suspect you are correct… Needless to say your knowledge of Northern Ireland will stand you in good stead to fully grasp the context of any material, which might arise.

  8. Latest government approval rating +1 (Approve 41%, Disapprove 40%)

    Latest YouGov/Sun voting intention CON 41%, LAB 37%, LDEM 15%

  9. Eoin, It’s just noise!!

    Polls don’t matter … 4 years and 9 months to next. GE!
    I don’t worry about polls… My research is much more important!! .. Chill guys, the coalition is doing wonderful.
    Exciting times!!

  10. I don’t care about his sexual orientation.

    I do care that he tried to make himself look squeaky clean in his election campaign, comparing the relatively low expenses he was claiming with those of his neitghbours.

    I know that expenses were very high in the LibDems Ladybird Book of Hypocrisy that all of their candidates were using during the campaign, but Laws was found to be not just stretching the spirit of the rather lax rules in operation, but actually breaking them.

    Coincidentally, it also appears that some of his claims reduced when the threshold for receipts was lowered.

    How trustworthy is he?

  11. @ Wayne

    I’m getting a strange sense of deja vu!

    @ Eoin

    Seems like there isn’t much movement happening at the moment, I reckon Q4 will be interesting with spending cuts outlined and a new Labour leader. Don’t expect large shifts before then, unless there’s an unexpected event.

    @ Baz

    Agree on Laws, when you actually look at it in black and white his offences are worse than many others – not quite in the league of Elliot Morley but not far off… I don’t expect the like of the Mail and Telegraph to let this pass by without a storm if he does come back… We’ll see.

  12. @ George Gardner

    Your earlier comment regarding Labour “spreading wealth around” is absolutley hillarious.
    Yes, I was laughing when I typed it. ;-)

  13. As I’ve pointed out on another thread, Labour would be more credible as a party committed to redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor if it was not offering places at its 2010 Conference Dinner at £500 a head.

    Or, as I haven’t pointed out before, if those attending this dinner all pledged to follow the example of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet by giving away half of their wealth to those in need in the UK and internationally.

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