Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Labour after Brown?

A thoughtful piece by Andrew Sparrow in today's Guardian on what the Labour Party might look like after Gordon. It focuses on a speech by David Lammy - once dubbed "the Black Blair" by The Sun - which in fact sounded more Cameroonian than Blairite - particularly in its references to the "good society."

On a similar but lighter note, the Daily Pundit blog came up with a hugely entertaining prediction of what David Miliband's first Cabinet might look like, which I have been meaning to link to.

I have a few issues with his choices, mind. The Pundit reckons Prime Minister Miliband would make his brother Ed Foreign Secretary and James Purnell Chancellor. My money would be on Geoff Hoon and John Hutton for those two posts.

Perhaps we're all getting a bit ahead of ourselves. Over on Political Betting, HenryG Manson reckons Gordon Brown is good value at 50-1 to be still leading the party in 2013.

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Prague said...

I think his idea of Ruth Kelly as Chief Whip may be a bit far-fetched too.

Paul Linford said...

I assumed that was a joke actually.

David Gladwin said...

I haven't read the text of David Lammy's speech, but surely he must have sounded Cameronian, rather than Cameroonian?

Or does he come over as being - ahem - happy-go-lucky?

Paul Linford said...

You're being deliberately mischievous David. I have in fact used the term "Cameroon" before to describe a supporter of David Cameron, as have other commentators. It was not a reference to the colour of Mr Lammy's skin or any resemblance he may have to Roger Milla and Co.

David Gladwin said...

Not guilty! I can assure you that the only mischief was my desire to get another reference to Italia 90 onto your blog.

Anonymous said...

I guess David Lammy's speech could best be summed up as 'much ado about nothing'.

Adam McNestrie said...

Gordon Brown has been appropriated as the butt of the nation’s jokes, its punching-bag and bogeyman. No one (and this seems to extend to the Cabinet) has a good word to say for him and when he does come up everyone has an avalanche of words to bury him in.

My own feelings about Brown are equivocal, but I’m not really sure how much they’re my feelings anymore. Under the pressure of the newspaper leaders and the opinion polls and the water-cooler character assassinations, I find it harder and harder to sustain a positive view of Brown. It as if thinking well of the Prime Minister is a plant that isn’t adapted to survive in this environment. The pressure to go along with the herd and accept the popular wisdom is overwhelming. Social views are contagious; an epidemic of dissatisfaction with the Prime Minister has spread through the population, carried on the radio waves and in the newsprint of the media. I think that’s why so many Labour supporters are despairing. Every time politics is mentioned they hear their convictions about the government controverted. Most just can’t take the psychological pressure that comes with trying to speak up for Brown anymore.

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