Brown puts cat amongst Lib Dem pigeons…

Gordon Brown’s abortive attempt to invite senior Lib Dems into his new cabinet reads almost as much as an aggressive attempt to take the Lib Dems out of the reckoning in the next election than a serious suggestion. Though it has clearly grabbed him some headlines. So far as Paddy Ashdown taking the rapidly cooling hotseat in Northern Ireland is concerned, hadn’t he heard about Paddy’s chairing of the strategic parade’s review? Or does he even care?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty