The financial crisis is affecting the nominations for the inaugural Spectator Readers’ Representative with Vince Cable receiving more support than a semi-nationalised bank. Dr Peter Roberts sums up the sentiments of many when he proposes Cable on the grounds that he is ‘the only British politician who has emerged with any credit from the recent (and continuing) debacle’. A. Warmington nominates that supposed man of the hour Gordon Brown for ‘the deft footwork and brazen chutzpah whereby he now is claiming credit for fixing the banking crisis and being the Great Helmsman guiding us through these choppy waters — whereas in reality he is saddling us all with mountainous debts for decades to come’.
Daniel Hannan, MEP, has his supporters. Stephen Lamley writes that because ‘so much of what goes on at Westminster is irrelevant to the real source of power, discerning people are dependent on Daniel Hannan to keep them informed of the doings and the culture of the European Union hierarchs’.
There continues to be significant support for David Davis with Simon Bower praising him as ‘a politician who was prepared to say what he thought and back it up with action that may have severely damaged his career’.
There are still ten days for you to make your nomination. All you have to do to put someone forward for the award is go to www.spectator.co.uk/parliamentarian and in no more than 250 words explain your choice. Terms and conditions can be found on the website. Closing date for entries is Monday 27 October, 5 p.m.
This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated October 18, 2008