Having refrained from blogging yesterday as I had no wish to comment on the sad loss suffered by Samantha and David Cameron, it will also be my intention to refrain from passing any comment on David Cameron during the period he is reported to be taking off work.
Yesterday's events in Parliament were extraordinary to say the least though and the suspension of PMQs and Parliament for that time highly questionable. I tend towards the view that this was an act with which David Cameron may well not have been in agreement and it will, in the fullness of time, be interesting to hear his views.
My reason for questioning the suspension of Parliament is twofold. Firstly, the obvious objection is that of making a special case for an MP when at PMQs, virtually every time, a statement - which appears to be becoming increasingly 'robotic' - of sympathy and condolence is given for members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in Afghanistan or Iraq. Is not the level of grief suffered by those families similar? Have the parents in those families also not lost a child?
Secondly, and a suggestion for which I expect to be villified, bearing in mind this government's history of press manipulation, I wonder how much PR featured in the decision to suspend Parliament, coupled with the question of how much it may raise Brown's profile in the press.
Just a thought.......
Rejoice, Mary Tudor!
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