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David Miliband Out of the Leadership Race

David Miliband has declared without any hint of evocation that he will not run against Perfidious Gordon for the Labour Party Leadership, in a self penned Observer article in which he praised the Chancellor to the rafters.

Having received various letters from the Inland Revenue, the Council and the Benefits Agency this week, Big Gordie is far from being on my list of heroes. I’m sure he’s gutted.

If you are in our position, women are advised to make their own sanitary products to save money. I joke not. This means that unless I improve enough via the treatment (starting on June 4th) to be left on my own so that Cath can work, we are expected to exist (not live) on £155 a week. Thanks so much….

Anyway self serving rancour aside….

If Miliband doesn’t want to run or feels he isn’t up to the main gig then naturally it’s his prerogative but, as I suspect, the reasons have more to do with Margaret Beckett saying it would be “a blood sacrifice” then it’s a different matter.

All evidence proves that Brown is no team player, and I imagine that if anyone challenged him and went on to lose then it would be game over career wise.

The tide is quickly running away from the Labour Party and we can expect more than a bloody nose in the upcoming elections.

The Electorate are suckers for “defining moments”, as witnessed by the results in 1945, 1966, 1979 and 1997 and my greatest fear is of a Druggie Dave Tory revival. If this is backed up with the Gutter Press re aligning as happened in 1995 then the Labour Party led by Brown will be perceived as old, stale and above all out of touch.

The only hope now is represented by Alan Milburn, as Johnson it seems won’t stand and Charles Clarke would be a non starter.

A Miliband Government could have given the feeling of skipping a generation, and allowing us to be re invigorated and having the air of change without the risk, as indeed John Major showed in 1992 with his amazing victory.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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