Is Digby feeling blue?

DigbyJones_200.jpgJust what is Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham up to?The Trade Minister has been forced to release a statement after The Times claimed he had “no confidence” in Gordon Brown and had confessed he’d resign before the next election rather than publically admit he was backing the prime minister.The statement claims Jones, former director general for the CBI, is indeed a “supporter” of Brown but notably stopped short of pledging his commitment beyond the next election and insisted he’d only ever intended to be a minister for a “for a short period of time”.That, of course, isn’t something he cared to mention when appointed as one of the PM’s ‘goats’ – Government of all the Talents – unelected ministers and advisors last year.Jones isn’t a member of the Labour Party despite taking the Labour whip in the House of Lords and his political allegiance has courted frequent debate.He talked to Michael Howard about becoming a Tory MP under his administration and has admitted to meeting David Cameron about standing as the Conservative candidate for the London Mayoral elections. Cameron has since quipped about where Jones’ political heart lies.In turn, Jones has exclaimed his pleasure at being a ‘goat’ focused on business first, politics second. In theory, and with 30 years’ business experience, that’s an interesting proposition, but with such constant speculation you have to question if, in reality, his position has any longeivity.With the Tories biting at his heels and the prime minister looking for allies not enemies, chances are Jones’ flirtation with politics could be shorter than even he’d envisaged – unless he joins the Conservative Party, of course…

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