A chastened and whipped Kate Hoey has, via the Labour Party HQ, issued this “clarification”:
She won’t endorse Boris but she will advise him? We all know her game. And to my mind, all this underscores what a propaganda victory Bercow and Mercer handed Brown (and how daft Cameron was to let them do it). Mercer was being naïve, not for the first time, and quit as soon as he could. Bercow is another case altogether, and is lucky his constituency has not deselected him as they should have done. When you “advise” another party it looks you are jumping ship and sends a message to wavering voters to do likewise. Cameron will be delighted people have finally started jumping in the other direction. What a rich irony it would be if Cameron were to pick off Labour MPs in the same way Brown did last summer. Field “advising” on welfare? Please. Milburn “advising” on health? Please. Do CoffeeHousers have any other suggestions?