Peter Reynolds

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Family Trauma

I’m rather proud of the two brothers.  Be as cynical as you like, it must have been a dreadful time for both of them.  They have behaved as gentlemen, with great honour and dignity.  They have  risen above the snide provocations of the press.  I thought David’s determination to stand well clear to give Ed a clear run was a noble and sincere act.  He will return as an elder statesman.  He will become an ever more important figure in British politics.

I’m more than happy to see a new broom in Ed.  The Labour Party needs a fresh start.  I think he’ll try to be his own man.  He’ll try to shed all the baggage and forge his own path.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens.  I wish him well because I do believe that a strong opposition is a good thing. The inside information I have, from the heart of Ed’s campaign team, is that in reality he’s way to the right of David.  We’ll see!

Written by Peter Reynolds

September 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

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  1. Well said Peter. I’m afraid politics has hit the wall and I can’t believe any of them can now make much difference. I dislike government but am not traditionally right-wing. The problem is we aren’t governed by those we elect, though looking at them I shudder at the thought!
    We need to be able to self-organise and deal with the free-riders who don’t contribute or just look to steal. Simple, yet impossible – we can’t even do it in student group work! At least Ed is atheist and partnered. I look forward to the brilliant soap-opera prospect of him marrying as Prime Minister. Perhaps Pope Blair will do the service?


    September 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

    • Yes, His Eminence, good ol’ Tone, would look good in one of those tall mitres wouldn’t he?

      Peter Reynolds

      September 30, 2010 at 11:09 am

  2. “I’m more than happy to see a new broom in Ed”

    Ooohh, sounds painful – wherever they stick the handle.


    September 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    • Brush-based buggeration biased remarks aside; I’m actually pleasantly surprised by the attitudes shown by the pair of them (although I am getting a bit cheesed off with the OTT media coverage).

      As ACO says, politics has hit a wall, and I think it would do the labour party good to sit back, get used to their new boss, and let the idea of doing things differently, and with a little more humility, sink in for a while.


      September 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

  3. Some people less charitable than yourself, Peter, might interpret David’s refusal to join his brother’s Cabinet not as a gracious noble gesture on his part but as one of calculated spite – a sort of ‘O.K. you want to be leader, then be so, but don’t expect any help from me. (One can imagine Mrs D.M might very well have encouraged hubby to adopt this stance ?)

    Then again this might be a cold, calculated move on D.B. part. He is young and. may yet harbour ambitions to be Leader *** and have decided to bide his time, waiting for young Ed to fail.

    By not joining Ed’d cabinet he weakens it by not contributing to it his skills/talent/experience and not being bound by doctrine of collective responsibility his reputation will be untarnished by any future Cabinet failings ?

    *** By not withdrawing from Parliament completely he continues to offer himself as a potential leader of the party !


    October 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

  4. P.S. I do agree with you though on wishing Ed well. I hope he makes a difference. The centre ground in politics has become far too crowded, leading to apathy amongst voters who see little difference between any of the parties


    October 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

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