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You're my first, my last, my Energy Secretary

Dim the lights and turn on some Barry White, Lib Dem Voice blogger Paul Walter has some tender words to whisper in the ear of the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.

"On Saturday, while much of the country was enjoying the sunshine, I spent two hours studying and listening to The Right Honourable Edward Davey MP FRSA," the latest blog post from Mr Walter begins.

He then describes listening to Mr Davey at the Social Liberal Forum at Amnesty International HQ and thinking to himself: "Hey, this guy is doing fantastic, long-term stuff. Why the heck haven’t I heard about it before?”

So far, so ordinary, but the article then takes a turn reminiscent of a Mills and Boon book.

"Ed has the features of a bulldog – a big barrel chest, a thick-set neck and determined, prominent jawline. He certainly has the determination of a bull terrier, shown in the way he pursues his objectives. There, the canine similarities end," gushes Mr Walter.  

"Ed has a brilliant mind, and dazzles with a stunning recall of impressive facts, figures and arguments," the blog continues.

"In the interview, he turned a positively cherubic countenance to his questioners as he listened intently to the questions. I can imagine him going down well with civil servants in his department. He’s an extremely skilful Secretary of State."

It will be interesting to see if the Secretary of State, "cherubic countenance" and all, responds to all this flattery.

'sup JCJ?

And people thought David Cameron meeting Jean-Claude Juncker would be awkward...

The perils of sitting down

Be honest. Who here among us hasn't, at some point, sat on a new member of the Cabinet?

George Eustice just caused an uproar in the chamber by doing exactly that.

To be fair to the Farming Minister, it wasn't really his fault. Standing up to take a question, Mr Eustice was outmaneuvered by new Environment Secretary Liz Truss, who shuffled into his seat while his back was turned. As he sat down, without taking a look behind him, he parked himself firmly on Ms Truss' knee, as our world exclusive, hi-tech Dot Commons reconstruction reveals:

 

 

"I hope the health of the secretary of state is unimpaired," Speaker Bercow offered.

Philip Davies had the best quip though: "That's one way of ingratiating yourself with a new secretary of state."

‚ÄčKick an ex-minster while he's down

He might have been known as the Coalition's brainiest minister, but that didn't help David Willetts hang on to his job yesterday. Rather 'Two Brains' was replaced as minister for universities and science by Greg Clark.

And then... there was further bad news for Willetts as top BBC quiz show Pointless revealed that no-one knew who he was anyway.

Talk about kicking a man while he's down....


Who's watching Michael Gove on TV?

Michael Gove has been moved to Chief Whip as part of David Cameron’s reshuffle. The Prime Minister said this morning that Mr Gove would have "an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews" and Number 10 has told journalists to expect "a great deal" of him on TV and radio. But how has the news gone down with voters?