Labour spent yesterday feigning outrage at the Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon over his warning that, having ‘stabbed his brother in the back’ to win his party’s leadership, Ed Miliband might now betray his country in order to get into Downing Street.
According to Red Ed, Mr Fallon should be ‘ashamed’ of himself for ‘descending into the gutter’ in the Trident debate.
But all this concocted fury from a man who DID stab his brother in the back could not mask one simple fact: Labour has yet to categorically match the Tory commitment to replace all four of Britain’s Trident nuclear submarines – the minimum that defence chiefs say is needed in an ever more volatile world.
Labour spent yesterday feigning outrage at Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon's (pictured) warning that Ed Miliband might betray his country in order to get into Downing Street
The reasons for this are two-fold: with as many as three-quarters of Labour election candidates opposed to Trident, he does not want to pledge something he could never get past his own MPs.
And, as Mr Fallon pointed out, Mr Miliband cynically continues to eye a post-election pact with the SNP – who yesterday emphasised that their opposition to Trident remains a ‘red-line issue – to put him into No10.
Hence Labour’s weasel-worded ‘pledge’ to renew Trident but with a ‘review’ into the number of submarines required – leaving wriggle room for a grubby deal.
The frightening truth is that a weak Prime Minister Miliband – in hock to the even more Left-wing SNP, and struggling to command the support of his party on Trident – would be a grave threat to national security.
And Mr Fallon? How refreshing, in this sterile, listless election campaign, to find a Tory Cabinet minister speaking with genuine passion. With nearly a month until polling day, his colleagues need to follow his lead urgently.
Life beyond the EU
In what could be a pivotal moment, Britain is now, over a sustained period, exporting more to the rest of the world than the EU.
With disgusting insouciance, Nick Clegg washes his hands of the Cyril Smith child abuse scandal, describing the vile paedophile as a 'Labour politician'
The figures demolish the claim made by Tony Blair – in his utterly disingenuous Europe speech only three days ago – that we are so reliant on the EU for trade that loosening ties with Brussels would be a catastrophe.
All bar Mr Blair and his equally deluded ‘friend’ Mr Miliband can see that, with the one-size-fits-all eurozone in seemingly inexorable decline, Britain’s future relies on looking beyond the borders of a statist, sclerotic EU.
Indeed, the historic tragedy is that Britain’s political class turned its back on our natural trading partners in Africa and other prosperous parts of the Commonwealth such as Australia, Canada and India (the world’s fourth fastest-growing economy) in the first place.
Shameless Mr Clegg
With disgusting insouciance, Nick Clegg washes his hands of the Cyril Smith child abuse scandal, describing the vile paedophile as a ‘Labour politician’.
Smith may have been a Labour councillor in the 1960s. But it was later, as a Liberal MP, that he carried out many of his sickening attacks.
And it was the Liberal Party leadership – under Lord Steel (who recommended Smith for a knighthood) – that turned a deaf ear to the rumours swirling at Westminster and complaints of those who witnessed his horrific assaults.
Mr Clegg has been in shameful denial since the moment the Mail and the campaigning MP Simon Danczuk began exposing the Smith cover-up last year, refusing to sanction a party inquiry.
But then we should never forget that, despite their sanctimony, the Liberals have a long and unedifying record – from Jeremy Thorpe to Lord Rennard – of hushing-up sex scandals.