Black Dog : Danny"s dad is off message

Danny's dad is off message | UPDATED: 02:12 GMT, 9 December 2012 Ed Ball's spectacular failure to lay a glove on George Osborne during their Autumn Statement shoot-out was watched from the Commons public gallery by one Di Alexander – proud father of Liberal Democrat Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander. As the Shadow Chancellor floundered, Alexander Snr reached for his mobile phone and texted his ginger-haired son as follows: ‘God, the Opposition are weak. You should be getting a much harder ride.’ Not exactly a ringing endorsement of the Coalition’s financial management, was it Shadow chancellor Ed Balls was criticised by Di Alexander for his performance in the Commons All those intimate, cringe-making text messages between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks have cost more than just extreme embarrassment for the Prime Minister.