Friday, 29 June 2012

Crossing the streams

Nick Clegg has given his backing to Peter Hain’s campaign for a Severn Barrage. Speaking in the Commons, the deputy PM praised Hain for his efforts and agreed that long-term stability in government energy policy was necessary to ensure major investment.

Clegg’s aides later described the endorsement as “an example of cross-party vision”. Everyone else present in the chamber regarded it as the kiss of death.

Hain was uncharacteristically quiet after the debate. It is thought that he had overheard a fellow Welsh backbencher complain to a colleague how the former secretary of state was already a tidal bore in his own right.

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