Thursday, September 20, 2007

A First, And Perhaps A Last Outing As Leader

Some thoughts on Wendy Alexander's first appearance at FMQ's:

Not a bad performance, even though it was somewhat scripted and she was clearly a little nervous. Concentrating on abstruse points of detail is fine in small doses, but in devoting all her questions to the government central heating programme, she needed to explain why it was so wrong for the new government to be trying to 'improve' the scheme.

That she failed to do, and while her final 'zinger' about spending money on rebranding the Executive as a Government(£100k) and the funds for a broadcasting commission (£500k) was passable, it was still a bit of a damp squib. Contrary to expectations, the First Minister was restrained throughout. It looks like if there's going to be sharp exchanges, they're going to be initiated by Wendy. Alex can do emollience when it's called for - the question is, can Wendy?

Some thoughts on Menzies Campbell's speech to the Lib Dems:

This is dreadful. Utterly unconvincing, he resorted to shaking at one point to try and convey passion. Every joke greeted with nervous laughter, the silky advocate reduced to cringeworthy rhetoric about fighting - it's excruciating to watch.

"I want to be a voice for the disposessed, the marginalised, those whose voices aren't heard". You're addressing them, Menzies, you're addressing them. And the classic: "It doesn't have to be like this". Indeed not - but isn't that what your detractors have been saying for months?

Oh, he's finished. I only noticed because Andrew Neil took the microphone. Piss-poor perorations R us, anyone?

2 comments:

willie h said...

"I want to be a voice for the disposessed, the marginalised, those whose voices aren't heard". You're addressing them, Menzies, you're addressing them.

Well spotted. That is one of the wittiest things I have read on a blog in some time. Keep up the good work and I shall keep laughing!

Richard Thomson said...

Cheers, Willie :-)