Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Is the Labour leadership race getting dirtier?

How odd. After a weekend in which Alan Johnson has been priased across the media for being such a nice bloke all of a sudden he's being hounded for letting his political advisors sping some school results. This happens the day after policy wonk John Hutton starts to be touted as the Blairite candidate for the leadership.

Now, call me a cynic if you like, but something smells funny there. I'm not doubting that Alan Johnson, and his office, spun school results to "bury bad news" as it were. That sort of thing is par for the course from this Government as a whole.

However, if you were someone desperate to become leader of the Labour Party (and thereby Prime Minister) who would you rather go against in an "open contest"? An affable ex-postman or a wooden policy wonk? Personally I'd rather have the policy wonk, but then I want Gordon Brown to win.


Suffolk Labour said...

If it becomes public that Brown's camp has been smearing, he's over.

Anonymous said...

Either way, it's going to be a good result for Conservatives.

dizzy said...

Agree Ellee

Glass House said...


Praguetory said...

Incompetence, back-stabbing and intrigue... This is brilliant soap opera - I think you should separate the "next Labour leader" related posts into a dedicated blog.

Labour do not do succession planning.

Anonymous said...

"Labour do not do succession planning."

Perhaps you should see if David taylor owns a website called that aswell