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The Labour Leadership

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Four Men And One Woman In A Sinking Boat

I suppose I should get my six ha’porth in, if that’s the correct expression, before the result is announced.

The very entertaining More 4 programme, Miliband Of Brothers, finally corrected my spelling last night.  There may be two brothers but there’s only one “l”.  I’ve been getting it wrong all the way through this thoroughly underwhelming campaign.  At least it will be all over this afternoon.  Then we’ll be treated to the appalling spectre of Gordon Brown making a farewell speech.  Farewell and good riddance I say.  The worst British prime minister in my lifetime.  No doubt about that.

David Miliband is the obvious choice.  He has the gravitas that you would expect from an ex-foreign secretary but I fear that he will be yesterday’s man by the time of the next election.

Ed Miliband has most of the qualities that his brother offers but with a spark of individuality that I think would serve his party well.  If I was a a Labour supporter, wanting to see the party succeed, Ed would be my choice.

Andy Burnham can be very proud of the campaign he has run.  He is coherent, honourable, very telegenic and, I should think, every Labour mum’s toyboy fantasy. He hasn’t got a hope in hell.

Ed Balls?  Now as a Tory he gets my vote.  What a total plonker!  He would be disastrous for the Labour Party but it would make wonderful entertainment for the rest of us.   I can dream!

I’m very fond of Diane Abbott.  Along with all my fellow political junkies I love the Michael & Diane sofa partnership on “This Week”.   They’re the real stars of the show, forget the leering old lothario in the corner.  Trouble is, Diane isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.  In fact she’s probably the bluntest in the entire kitchen so I’ll be looking forward to seeing her back on the sofa with Michael next Thursday.

Diane Abbott. Some Integrity At Last

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It’s good to see that the Labour Party has rescued its leadership election from the very brink of irrelevance.

Diane Abbott comes from an authentic tradition of noble Labour politicians:  Tony Benn,  Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock, Ken Livingstone – these are people of integrity and valour who I mostly disagree with but who I have a deep respect for.

"I'm Oxbridge too don't you know"

If the alternatives are the oily Milliband brothers or the slippery Ed Balls then there should be no contest but I fear she cannot win.  She and Michael Portillo on “This Week” are the most balanced sofa in politics – despite ageing clubber Andrew Neil’s best efforts to caricature them.

The Milliband brothers are, of course, from the Tony Blair School Of Politics.  It’s also called “marketing”.  You don’t actually need to have any principles, you just research what the market wants and then provide it in a nice, shiny package with extra bonus points

I think that Ed Milliband will win because he still has an edge.  All the edges on his brother have been polished away.  He’s been burnished almost to Tony standards.  I could quite like Ed.  Maybe he’ll find his own voice if he’s given the chance.

Ed Balls?  As a Tory I’d love to see him as Labour leader.  It would be both entertaining and advantageous!

The Labour Leadership

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Please, not David Milliband.  He’s far, far too credible.  Not Alan Johnson either.  Apart from his catastrophe over cannabis, he’s a man I can admire.

We want Harriet Harman or Ed Balls!  The choice is delightful and makes me salivate at the very thought of either of these jokers heading up the Labour Party.  That would be the funniest thing in politics since Spitting Image!

Shusshh!  Quiet…

Vote Ed!  Vote Harriet!

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May 10, 2010 at 7:43 pm

A Terrible Result

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This is exactly what we didn’t need.  It is a disaster.  Overwhelmingly I am dismayed that so many Britons have voted for the tired, dishonest, discredited Labour party.  I’m really not sure that I want to live in a country where there are eight million people who can behave like this.

Congratulations to Richard Drax for trouncing Jim Knight here in Dorset South and turning a Labour majority of 1800 into a Tory majority of 7500.  That was exactly the result the whole country needed.  Congratulations also to Caroline Lucas for winning the first ever Green seat.

Two of the blackest, bleakest events:  Ed Balls retaining his seat,  Harriet Harman back on the TV spouting her usual nonsense.

I feel sorry for the Lib Dems.  It is a gross injustice and we are all diminished by their failure to gain more influence.

A terrible result.

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May 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

The Sharon Shoosmith Affair

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No one emerges with any credit from this sad tale of the way that we all failed Baby Peter.

The Buck Stops Here

Why can’t Ms Shoosmith accept that as Director of Childrens Services for Haringey she MUST take responsibility for her department’s appalling failure to protect the child?  No one is saying that she is personally culpable for his death.  Management is all about achieving results through other people and in this case she manifestly failed.

Ed Balls is one of the seedier and more slippery of Gordon’s cronies.  You can see him looking sideways in everything he does, watching his back, ducking and diving to avoid any come backs, looking for any opportunity to take credit or blame someone else.   Anything that he or his wife, Yvette, are involved in becomes a horrible curdled mess.  It comes from mixing too much oil, slime, and vinegar .  I can sympathise with Ms Shoosmith about having a boss who is so cowardly, two faced and disloyal.

Creeps

It’s time to move on.  Both of these individuals are history.  Somehow, we must find a way to protect vulnerable children effectively.

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April 24, 2010 at 11:45 am

The Dunkirk Spirit

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Gotta Get Home To Vote!

I can see it now.  Gordon as beachmaster in his tin hat.  Long lines of stranded tourists and businessmen queuing out into the surf to be rescued by our plucky boys and ferried home to Blighty.  Look, there’s Alistair falling over in the waves again and I can see Peter is serving tea and bully beef sarnies to anyone who’ll listen to him for a couple of minutes.

Our Fearless Leader

Ed Balls is smiling broadly as he builds sandcastles with some of the kids and his missus, Yvette, is trying out her French with some of the locals.  Alan Johnson is refusing to listen to any of his advisors as he loads more and more Labour voters into overcrowded rowing boats.

Don't Panic! Me And The Missus Are Here

The two Milliband brothers are checking who can get a place and who can’t, “Labour voters this way.  Women, children and Tories wait your turn!”

Another glorious defeat plucked from the jaws of victory.

“We’ll fight them on the beaches, on the landing grounds, at airports up and down the country.  I knew we could rely on Iceland to come to our rescue.  If the volcano won’t come to Gordon, then Gordon will go to the volcano.  No more boom and bust.  Vote Labour or die!

Don’t panic!  Don’t panic”

Labour Voters This Way!

No More Excuses In Haringey Or Downing Street

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The story of Baby P is a national scandal of monstrous proportions.  Appallingly handled by Gordon Brown in the House yesterday, even the silky, smooth Ed Balls cannot cover up the Prime Minister’s inability to deal with David Cameron’s questions.  Closer though to the shameful failures that allowed this child to be tortured to death is Sharon Shoesmith, the Director of Children’s Services at Haringey.  Putting aside for a couple of sentences the question of her culpability in Baby P’s death, we simply have no room for anyone who  demonstrates such utter incompetence in communications.  She must be dismissed immediately.  No question of being allowed to resign.  She must be sacked.

The full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7708398.stm