Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the coalition)

Some of the mainstream press have been reporting that an adviser to Ed Miliband has defected from Labour to the Liberal Democrats.

What they don’t mention is that Phil Taylor was already a Liberal Democrat from as far back as the 1990s when he worked as Parliamentary Assistant to Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes – now deputy leader of the Lib Dems as well as Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties in the coalition government.

It’s true that later on Taylor did work as an adviser to Labour MPs Peter Hain and Ben Bradshaw – as well as an adviser to Ed Miliband – and according to Peter Hain’s autobiography Taylor was also one of the main figures pushing for a Labour/Lib Dem deal in the days after the last general election.

In fact it was while I was perusing Peter Hain’s autobiography that I came across…

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