>Stripping the week 13-17 December 2010

>So, it transpires, there is political life after fees. This week the writ was moved for the Oldham East & Saddleworth by-election. Labour are currently heavy favourites for the race to succeed Phil Woolas, but the Lib Dems were only 103 votes behind in May, and even the Conservatives seem a bit interested in this one, despite playing down their chances.

On the back of the fees mess, Ed Miliband tried to woo Lib Dem MPs and supporters with the help of former lefty party advisor Richard Grayson. The flocks of disillusioned Lib Dems have thus far not been very forthcoming… VN can’t work out why.

Sam Allardyce become the next manager to be decapitated by axe wieleding, football illiterate owners,   following on from Chris Hughton’s disgraceful sacking by Newcastle. Meanwhile, West Ham’s Avram Grant has only three games left to save his hapless Hammers, and his job. VN can’t help thinking he has been offered a rather good escape slide.

Over in Oz, the 3rd test is tantalisingly poised, with both teams rattling through the batting line ups. Better get that coffee on and bed in for the all nighter, it could not be on much longer! If England win the test, the will be guranteed to at least retain the Ashes.

Listening to this week: ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ by Mariah Carey
Reading this week: “Versus” on Radio 1 with Zane Lowe, Pete Tonge and Annie Mac.
Watching this week: Mad Men Series 1


Hero of the week: Lorely Burt, for making Ed Balls squirm.
Villain of the week: Ed Miliband, for his shameless courting and refusal to take responsibility for previous Labour policy.

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