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The Labour Deputy leadership.

The unfortunately named John Cruddas has come up with a spectacularly unrealistic suggestion in the context of the forthcoming Labour deputy leadership election:

"We're going to lose this opportunity to renew the party. The remedy is to use the deputy leadership to get them all to resign. They should all walk out and we should all have a genuine debate, rather than all this briefing, leaking and playing both sides: in the cabinet and simultaneously out of the cabinet”.

If all of those likely to run did so, a ministerial re-shuffle would be needed to replace the following:

Leader of the House of Commons (Straw)
Secretary of State for Education and Skills (Johnson)
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Secretary of State for Wales (Hain)
Secretary of State for International Development (Benn)
Solicitor General (Harman)
Chairman of the party - Blears

And always supposing that they took up the suggestion, we would then have the rather unedifying spectacle of these politicians putting their pursuit of the deputy leadership sinecure well ahead of continuing with the business of government.
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Blogger Praguetory said... 12:03 pm

I did find his suggestion remarkable for its cheek. Akin to a chap called Zac calling for rounds to be bought in alphabetical order. They don't call Cruddas the artful dodger for nothing.  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 3:00 pm

Surely from a Conservative point of view this is good idea?  

Blogger Blamerbell said... 3:08 pm

I don't think I could face watching Peter Hain 'coming clean' on any more issues.

The whole cabinet might as well stand and settle it with eenie meenie.  

Blogger Praguetory said... 6:54 am

Cruddas has called for Blair to resign immediately.  

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