Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in political blogging.


Mike Smithson at leads Saturday with the revelations about Chief Treasury Secretary David Laws’ expenses; David Blackburn at Coffee House has more on the ‘coalition’s first scandal’. Kerry McCarthy at Shot from Both Sides says that this is not about Laws’ sexuality – but about whether his expense claims were against the rules or not. Nick Robinson says he is in a ‘mess’. Alistair Campbell was not hopeful about Laws’ chances of staying on as a Minister, as is George Eaton at The Staggers. Laws resigns later that day, to be replaced by Danny Alexander. Paul Goodman at ConservativeHome stresses that most politician’s aren’t ‘cold calculating crooks’ – not even Laws in this case.

On Sunday, Sunny Hundal at Liberal Conspiracy looked at how the Telegraph was aiming for Danny Alexander with more expenses-related accusations, while Nicola Smith, blogging at Left Foot Forward looked closely at planned budget cuts and what they might mean.


Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal had some economic facts to be happy about, while Wat Tyler at Burning our Money is cynical about poverty levels in the UK today.

Alistair Campbell is concerned that the new government may have lost a sense of humour, and Tom Harris at And another thing… does not think any of the new bans on Ministerial cars will save the government money.


IPSA’s on-line expenses claim system crashes this morning according to Guido.

George Eaton at The Staggers looked at why public sector pay is so high (the government released the salaries of those being paid more than the PM this morning) – to reflect those in the private sector, and Nicholas Watt at Guardian Politics looked at the new, more democratic, transparent processes for choosing select committee members in the new parliament.

Hopi Sen is worried about a reduced Labour result at the next election.


Jon Snow discussed when the groundwork of the coalition may have been laid – during the height of the expenses scandal, and Jonathan Isaby at ConservativeHome has comments from Alan Duncan, that David Laws will bounce back after the revelations which forced him to resign over the weekend.

Nick Drew at Capitalist@Work talked on Labour’s nuclear legacy; Joss Garman at Left Foot Forward has more.

George Eaton at The Staggers Labour talked about how veteran Tony Benn now supports Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership. After his negativity yesterday, Hopi Sen has some reasons to be cheerful, but Kerry McCarthy MP at Shot from Both Sides is having a bit of a depressing day today.

Iain Dale and weigh in on David Cameron’s potential performance at his first PMQ’s today. Later, Jonathan Isaby at ConservativeHome says that Cameron’s performance was ‘assured’; James Forsyth at Coffee House says ‘impressive’, and James Kirkup at the Telegraph is rather positive about Harriet Harman’s performance.


Benedict Brogan at The Telegraph issues a warning to the coalition on immigration figures, while Sarah Mulley at Left Foot Forward warns against misleading claims about increased immigration in recent years.

John Snow muses on the possibility of a combined UK/French nuclear deterrent, and David Blackburn at Coffee House looks at possible coalition splits over Europe.

Left Foot Forward blogged Jon Cruddas’ popularity. He is apparently the most popular Labour politician – Ed Balls is the least according to George Eaton at The Staggers. Hopi Sen agrees with Harriet Harman’s call for ½ of the Labour shadow Cabinet to be women. Shamik Das at Left Foot Forward looks at the chances that all the candidates for the Labour leadership will gain a nomination. According to Guido, Diane Abbot is dismayed at the narrowness of the race for the Labour leadership.

Dizzy Thinks is inquisitive about what Nick Clegg actually does in the new government – he has a very small online presence, and is sidelined at PMQs. Peter Wrigley at Keynesian Liberal had a piece on why the ‘Clegg bubble’ burst at the election despite the ‘surge’.


Alistair Campbell thinks that it was correct for David Cameron to go to Cumbria to comfort the victims of Wednesday’s shooting there.

Tim Montegomerie at ConservativeHome has a list of the new government’s achievements, but Dizzy Thinks is not surprised that the new government bears some resemblance to the old one.

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