Various bloggers have picked up on this story about Jack Straw threatening to punch Ed Balls, but I think that Shuggy sums it up neatly.
I have to say that Jack Straw, what with his authoritarianism when he was Home Secretary, isn't my favourite politician but I have to say two things in his favour here:
- Compared to what followed, we look back on our Jack's tenure in the Home Office as a halcyon liberal age.*
- Punching Ed Balls strikes me as an excellent idea on a number of different levels.
My gripe would be that our Jack merely 'threatened' to punch Ed Balls and didn't follow through with such an eminently sensible policy idea. Such is the indecisiveness that palsies this administration.
I couldn't have put it better myself. I mean, I could have used a bit more swearing, but Shuggy's covered the essentials and there are others upon whom I have bile to heap. Besides, I'd just end up repeating myself.
Leave 'im, Devil; 'e ain't worf it!