Judy Tweaks Mr Punch
It may be Punch and Judy, but there's no doubt that DC dealt with Paxo very comfortably last night. Even we DD supporters enjoyed his well-rehearsed put-downs. And yes, he did make Pax look like something from a bygone age. And yes, the setting was much better chosen than the gloom of the Carlton Club.
Of course, we think a comedy feedline about Pink Pussy is rather softer than "why are you a shit?", and there was more than a hint of Newsnight's well-established preference in the contest. But it would be churlish to deny DC's success on the night.
It did however highlight another major concern about the man- does he have any underlying convictions? In answer to Paxo's repeated questions about why he'd changed his mind on various policies, he said "because I've now had a jolly hard think about it." Like when he was Party Policy Co-ordinator, he hadn't had a hard think? No, because we'd lost another election, so clearly need to come up with a different product.
Hmm. That's exactly what we're so concerned about.