Thursday, June 08, 2006

The phoney war for Labour Deputy Leader

Who wants to be deputy leader of a major political party ? Usually only those who have given up on ambition. You're better of with a major portfolio in government the the Treasury or Foreign Office.

So why are so many people campaigning for the Labour Deputy Leadership at the moment ?

My guess is that its because you can campaign - without direct disloyalty to Blair. Canvassing can now be undertaken under the cover of positioning for the Deputy Leadership. A campaign could then transform very easily into one for the Leadership just by removing the word Deputy.

More and more I think Gordon Brown blew it in May. If he had acted - no one would have opposed him. Now they are organising to do just that. Everyone is grabbing for the purple of a dying empire.

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