A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

More corrections

Another non-Labour blog that sometimes gets confused about Labour people is the otherwise must-read www.politicalbetting.com

It has run a series of posts this weekend citing John Reid, Jon Cruddas and James Purnell as potential leadership candidates.

Maybe they are accomplished liars, or maybe things will change in very unexpected ways, but I've heard from Labour insiders who have had first-hand conversations with all three in recent days, and none of them are currently interested in running for leader. In fact I'm told it is unlikely that Cruddas would even be up for standing for Deputy Leader again, as he didn't enjoy the campaign last time round. Reid is putting it about that we made our choice in 2007, and he had his chance to run then and didn't, and we should stick with it. Purnell I think is playing a longer game.


Blogger Newmania said...

The problem is to win you have to go way way right and the left of the Party will not have it.
This was papered over by lying under New Labour but I cannot see anyone falling for that again

No tax rises..... remember that one ? I seriously cannot see Labour as a Party of government in ten years, not in England anyway.

10:42 pm, September 14, 2008

Blogger Merseymike said...

Hardly any point in Labour going 'way, way right', given that they are not a right-wing party. Given that the electorate appears to want Swedish-standard public services at American taxation levels, I can't see them being all that happy with any party. As they have all congregated somewhere in the middle in any case, the dissatisfactions are likely to be the same.

12:24 am, September 15, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Swedish-standard public services at American taxation levels".

Well, we've actually got - courtesy of Brown who opposed any reforms - is American-style public services (that is, piss-poor)at Swedish taxation levels.

The electorate has finally sussed it out.

1:30 am, September 15, 2008

Blogger Letters From A Tory said...

Of course Cruddas didn't enjoy it last time - he got hammered.

5:15 pm, September 15, 2008

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is not true about Cruddas, but he is also playing a longer game (like Kinnock in 1977)

7:27 pm, September 15, 2008


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