I can't see how any of that makes him any different to any other actor on the political stage.
If you want a Commons full of Lembit Öpiks that is up to you.
I prefer my politicians fierce and 'full of it'.
Give me a John Prescott over a John Major any day of the week. I want the punch in the face not the poke in the ribs.
Don't get me wrong, it's not the fire I object to, per se - it's the use of it and some of the duplicitous manner in which he (being generous) tries to play devil's advocate - so no problem with the fierce bit - more the "full of it" bit.
I know I've mentioned it more than once - but doing CBB for the reasons he did, when he did - bad form. If he wanted a higher profile, or to get down with the youth, or whatever specious excuse he gave, he should have done that through his day job, without being deliberatly controversial, yet he didn't.
As for Lembit Öpik what makes you think I don't have just as much criticism, albeit, maybe for slightly different reasons.
Prescott - well whilst I admire some of his directness, and his almost retro-ethos, he's almost the antithesis of progressive.
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