I’ve always been aware of the pitfalls to blogging, especially as an MP and more especially as a minister. With every post I’ve written, I’ve asked myself: would I be comfortable if this found its way into, let’s say, The Daily Mail? Well, I’m about to find out.
Today, as I was driving home up the M6, I received two calls from journalists. Apparently Philip Hammond, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is a fan of my blog and has decided my comments about people being miserable are worthy of exploiting for party political reasons. So read the Mail tomorrow.
Seems a shame if ministers and MPs can’t provoke a debate about serious subjects without having some headline-chaser making capital out of it.
UPDATE (10.40pm): BBC Five Live have just invited me to be on their show just after eleven tonight to defend my “insensitive” comments. And I’ve just switched on Sky News to find I’m the front page splash in the Mail. Golly!