Hugh Muir mused in today's Guardian Diary column about the whereabouts of Richard Balfe, the former Labour MEP turned Tory, who has been appointed as David Cameron's "envoy" to the trade unions (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/14/hugh-muirs-diary-richard-balfe ). Hugh rightly thought it odd that Balfe should be conspicuous by his absence from any sort of political prominence, particularly during the week of the TUC conference in Manchester.
Well, as if on cue, Balfe has surfaced with a few welcome words for those who may feel a little uncertain about their jobs at the moment. If you happen to lose your job as a result of the ConDem cuts, the Tories & their Lib Dem lap dogs will "sympathise" with your predicament; they really will, you know (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/14/conservatives-public-sector-job-cuts ).
They'll feel your pain. You know that, don't you?