Return of the Milburn

If Milburn is going to be running the election campaign its sure to mean that the Brownites are going to be left out in the cold, since this High Priest of the Blairite brand of New Labour ideology is not going to want room in the manifesto for any more tax and spend wheezes. Not that the public finances can stand any more of that any way. It also doth methinks puts an end to the Blair is going to go because the-fat-daughter-is-at-the-pills-again, he-is-at-the-end-of-his-tether, and his-heart-is-dicky speculation. I always thought that was tosh. He’ll go on and on and on as long as he can. Blair is too vain to leave with things in a mess and his place in history uncertain. Obviously the odds on Milburn being Blair’s successor will be slashed at Ladbrokes first thing Monday morning, but perhaps still worth a flutter…

UPDATE : Both Times & Grauniad say Gordon Brown wants him to stay in the bosom of his family. But they conflict about Prescott, Times say Prescott resisting Milburn yet Gruaniad says the “two men respect one another”. Is that good?

UPDATE: Spin Automatic Smear Cycle “Milburn is NHS privatisers hired help” – so what? The Labour party itself gets plenty of donations from them NHS profiteers.

Osama – Right on Schedule?

For the last year or so I have been telling anyone who asked me that Osama was either dead or going to be captured, fortuitously, just in time for the US elections… Looks like I may be right.


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Quote of the Day

Labour’s Austin Mitchell muses on the campaign:

“What’s the problem? No use pointing at the leader. Too late to change and unnecessary for Miliband is doing well at Question Time. His problem is connecting with the real world. He doesn`t speak people and his protective team of naive kids are playing West Wing rather than letting the leader relate to real people. We could point at the party, shrunk in numbers and enthusiasm because everything, from policy formulation to candidate selection, comes top down rather than bubbling up from below so campaigning becomes the opium of members deprived of any real role, though they`re not even sure what they’re campaigning about, with or for, but its role is marginal.”

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