Thursday, 8 January 2009

Carry on cutting

Are the rumours about an imminent demotion for shadow business secretary, Alan Duncan, all about him missing the Conservatives' recession tour to go skiing in Davos?
The reality is that the genial front bencher's performance during much of the financial crisis has been absolutely woeful, during which time he has been practically anonymous.
A quick scan of the cuttings engine finds just 74 national newspaper references to "Alan Duncan" along with the words "recession" or "bank" in the past six months. Meanwhile, there are 1,066 using the same terms relating to business minister, Lord Mandelson.
That's a (reasonably) fitting number, being as it seems to spell Doomsday for Dunky.

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