Alex Massie

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Avigdor Lieberman - Israel's new kingmaker and, according to no less a hawk than Marty Peretz, a "neo-fascist" - says his ideas on citizenship really aren't any different from those espoused by Gordon Brown's government.

Elsewhere, regardless of whether or not Fred Goodwin "deserves" a £650,000 pension is becomes abundantly clear that, despite this still being Hang-a-Banker season, the government's descent into idiotic, populist pandering should also be resisted. Goodwin's pension may indeed be excessive, but John Prescott will receive £60,000 a year from the public purse which seems equally generous or, if you prefer, scandalous.

Thirdly, it turns out that Jack Straw has a rather strained relationship with the truth. Who knew?

The sooner there's an election the better. Labour MPs should demand a poll sooner rather than later since I rather think that public disgust will increase the more they are seen to be clinging on for as long as possible in a desperate bid to keep their jobs and hope that something, anything might turn up to save them. This may prove a mistake since the public would like to be shot of them now and seems likely to be more, not less, exasperated the longer an election is delayed.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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