Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Jon Cruddas to run for Labour deputy

Jon Cruddas has this afternoon confirmed speculation that he going for the Labour number two job.

Earlier posts on this blog suggest he has the support of some commenters as the acceptable face of soft leftism, after making some suitable ‘I’m disgruntled with Blairism’ type noises.

True, he has some plus points. These include working class upbringing - rather rare for a Labour politician these days - plus an impressive academic track record, and the fact he rebelled on the tuition fees vote.

I occasionally used to speak to him on the phone when I worked for Tribune and he worked at Walworth Road. He returned my calls and was never deliberately obstructive, which is more than can be said for some of ‘em.

On the other hand, he has since worked in Blair’s office, so he will presumably have had all that ‘decent human being’ crap beaten out of him.

Verdict; best of a bad bunch declared so far. But Dave’s Part is not endorsing him yet.

UPDATE: Guess what? Cruddas is blogging. They all have to these days. Here’s how he starts his first post:

‘This is my first time as a blogger, and I am not going to pretend that I am going to be good at it straight away – but please do your give me tips and suggestions in the comments section.

‘I wanted to write this blog – despite not really knowing one end of a computer from the other – because I have seen how people can be genuinely connected through the non-stop conversation blogging allows. I will do my best to respond to your feedback and engage with your thoughts on this site as we go.’

I’ve left this comment:

‘So is this going to be a real blog, Jon, or just a sanitised Miliband style affair? Do you really want political debate and dialogue, or are you just going to censor even the most mildly critical postings?

‘OK, here's a starter. Do you answer to the description 'socialist'? And if so, what does the word mean to you?’

I’ll let you know if it gets past moderation or not.

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