The election we nearly had

  What a bewildering couple of days it’s been. Resignation followed resignation and Gordon Brown’s cabinet went from the ‘meltdown’ Nick Clegg described at Prime Minister’s Question Time to total and utter collapse as John Hutton (Defence Secretary) , James Purnell (work and pensions secretary), Geoff Hoon (Transport Secretary), Caroline Flint (Europe Minister), Paul Murphy…

Scandal of pay-off for disgraced MPs

So Jacqui Smith had decided to resign. She joins a growing list of MPs and cabinet members who have said they will ‘stand down’ at the next general election. A few people have asked why the Home Secretary, along with the dozen or so others who have made similar announcements, won’t go now instead of…