Monday, September 18, 2006

Deputy leadership podcast now live

My latest podcast focuses on the race for Labour's deputy leadership following last week's declarations by Peter Hain and Harriet Harman, with Alan Johnson, Jack Straw and Jon Cruddas also set to throw their hats into the ring.

My conclusion? Well, although I think Johnson is probably the man to beat, in my view it doesn't matter a great deal who wins, since as Denis Healey rightly concluded, the job is not worth a pitcher of warm spit.

"The week’s smartest move may been made by David Miliband, who this week once again confirmed that he will not contest either of the two leadership posts. If I was being cynical, I would say this almost certainly means that the Environment Secretary has concluded he would really be much better off as Mr Brown’s first Chancellor than as his deputy. For as Mr Brown himself has shown, that’s a job worth far more than a pitcher of spit – warm or otherwise."

The podcast can be heard in full by clicking HERE. To subscribe to the podcast, which updates every Monday, cut and paste the following URL into your listening software:

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Anonymous said...

Ahh excellent another podcast to add to my growing list. Damn shame there isn't more Brit political podcasts...

Anonymous said...

It was actually the 32nd Vice President John Nance Garner who famously described the office as "not worth a pitcher of warm piss." Dennis Healey merely stole the quote.

Anonymous said...


Indeed, and if you took the trouble to listen to the podcast, you would hear me saying that.

Anonymous said...

That's a bit hissy, Paul! Anyway, I was criticisng Dennis Healey, not you. You are a talented fellow but maybe you could be more graceful. I'd have thought you'd have appreciated the comment - just because I look at you blog (very good it is) doesn't follow that it is compulsory to listen to your podcast. I just think you protest too much, dear chap.