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Would Kinnock quit Labour if a Miliband led it?

Apologies for the somewhat misleading headline, but who would bother reading this if I headlined it 'Old French Socialist doesn't think much of one his successors'?

Michel Rocard, one time French PM ('88-91) and not altogether bad egg despite being a Socialist does not think much of Ségolène Royal (you and me both, pal)and is near as damn it threatening to leave the party if she is elected its leader, commenting thus when asked if he would leave if she took the laurels :

"Next year I will mark my 60th year in the party. I put up with all of it: the Algerian war, the treachery of Guy Mollet (1), the lunacy of the first nationalisations of the 80s which only just failed to bring the economy to its knees. One has put up with a lot".

He is perhaps too gallant to note that he was de facto sacked by the loathsome Mitterand only to be replaced by the staggeringly incompetent Édith Cresson, a woman often alleged to have been Le Sphinx's mistress.


(1) - Mollet suggested merging the UK and France, but I don't think it is that that has piqued Rocard. He is, I suppose, the nearest thing the French Socialists have to Ramsay MacDonald as a hate figure.

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