Ed Miliband's strategy regarding the Conservative Party has become increasingly clear over the summer months. He aims to use his significant strategic leverage relative to the Conservatives to out-manoeuvre the Tories by pushing them off the centre ground of British politics, breaking the coalition and leaving the Tories in electoral wasteland.
Our economic troubles have been going on for almost half a decade, with no end in sight. They are the worst crisis to hit Britain since the Second World War. Then we suspended party politics and created a government of national unity. Is it too much to ask that our politicians might do the same today? Is it too much to ask that they should practise what they preach, allow themselves to be suffused with the Olympic spirit, and come together to pull the nation out of its slough of economic despond?
Louise Mensch playing the 'kids card' and relinquishing her Conservative tenure as the representative for Corby and East Northamptonshire makes for interesting news in a fortnight filled with Olympic success and British pride. And yet, I can't help but raise a cynical eyebrow at the ambitious blonde's reasoning for this ill-timed decision.