Wednesday, April 18, 2007
And then there was one....
It seems unbelievable that with the news yesterday that David Milliband has moved to end speculation about his potential candidacy for leader the mighty New Labour machine is reduced to a shortlist for the top job of.... one.
There is a famous MP's quote (I cannot remember who said it, might have been Alan Clarke) but when asked in the house of commons if he would ever want to become Prime Minister the reply was 'everyone here - from the cleaner upwards, secretly wants to be Prime Minister'.
This is the job vacancy of all time so far as Labour politicians are concerned, here is the chance to go directly from nought to Prime Minister without passing Go; to become in one bound the leader of the party; to take control of the fourth largest economy in the world etc, etc.
And nobody but Gordon apparently wants the job.
That says something about either Gordon Brown or the state of the Labour Party but I'll leave you to decide for yourself which.
PS. I was at the PoliticalBetting book launch yesterday and the serious political punters are pouring money in to what they say is a one-way bet; Gordon Brown. Some have also worked out that an outside bet is excellent value on the now fairly remote chance that, Cameron -style, an outsider comes from nowhere to steal the crown.
Whisper it, but Hiliary Benn was a name that went round yesterday.