Those of you who are active followers of English cricket (certain members of my office included) will have been transfixed by the ongoing dispute over text messages that Kevin Pietersen reportedly sent to his South African opponents.
Pietersen was immediately dropped from the Test side, was not included in the One Day Internationals against South Africa despite announcing he was coming out of retirement, will miss the upcoming T20 World Cup and tour to India this winter, as well as not being awarded a central contract.
Last week, another story of texting across opposition lines came to light with Vince Cable’s texting of Ed Miliband, most recently over House of Lords reform. I sympathise with Vince’s view that it is important in politics to engage widely across the political spectrum.
As the Kevin Pietersen analogy indicates though, there are significant perils in carrying on a line of communication with a party that you are formally opposed to, whatever your past connections may be to them, when you hold a considerable position of responsibility. It certainly does not give the best impression, particularly as we cannot know what or who has been discussed. It beggars the question whether we are all pulling in the same direction or, in political jargon, singing from the same hymn sheet?