Milibrothers Favourites, Balls, Burnham, Cruddas Undeclared

Amazing isn’t it that only a week ago Labour politicians were telling us they were right and everyone else was wrong, yet now they are telling us they were actually wrong and now need to renew themselves. Politicians are nothing if not flexible.

Clegg was right on lowering taxes for the lower paid, the Tories were right on immigration and C2 voters stayed at home or voted BNP because Labour had lost connection with the working classes.  So say candidates to be next leader of the Labour Party.  Astounding about turns.

Guido isn’t really sure what change the Milibrothers are offering, more “fairness”, more “progressiveness”, more of the same without the vote losing bits.

Cruddas is dithering, Balls is claiming he is a martyr to a bad press, Burnham is getting his act together. Guido can’t wait to hear the Balls manifesto; he barely held onto his own seat, is hated even within his own party and he now says he is going to consult friends before making a decision.  Should only take 5 minutes to consult all his friends…

Burnham is a bit of a wild card, he wan’t even on the original bookies list of candidates (he comes under “other” now). David Miliband is the bookies favourite, having sewn up the most MPs pledges (shades of David Davis), Ed is the wonk’s favourite and Cruddas the favourite of the left. Balls is the favourite of only Charlie Whelan…

It all remains to play for, and it looks like we won’t know the result until Labour Party conference. Thrilling, eh?

Odds and image courtesy of Political Smarkets.



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