Friday, September 15, 2006

Harriet Harman enters Labour deputy race

Hattie Harman has officially joined the Labour deputy leadership race, we learn from the Daily Mirror today.

Politically speaking, the pitch so far seems pretty much restricted to ‘vote for me, I’m a woman’ Like, duh. But it’s interesting to note that she also makes great play of her backing for Brown for the top job, and openly boasts of being ‘one of the architects of New Labour’.

Meanwhile, most commentators are interpreting yesterday’s überblairite speech from Alan Milburn as a deft piece of positioning that could yet result in a leadership candidancy.

Reading his remarks, I am struck by the fact that the Tory right currently lacks an intellectual standard bearer. Hey guys, you could do a lot worse than poach Alan once the transfer window opens. He is kind of talking your language, after all.

Anyone with recollections of Milburn’s youthful experiences as a womanising International Marxist Group fellow traveller who worked at the Days of Hope bookshop – for some reason widely nicknamed Haze of Dope – are warmly invited to share them with the rest of us in the comments box.

And am I the only one to notice John Cruddas pontificating on what should be the role of the deputy leader of the Labour Party in today’s Guardian? Any particular reason for writing that piece, John?


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