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Odd Milliband & Di-Bot

In by Sam, Going Into Labour 2010 on September 17, 2010 at 12:11

y vote (if I had one) would go to Ed Milliband. Not because he has the best policies, might stand up to the PM better than his rivals or any other intelligent reason like that. I like Ed because he’s Odd. The guy looks like a cross between Wallace and Ernie (as in Bert and). Stumbling slightly with his words, with a congested tone to his voice – he out shines (in my opinion) his smooth, manicured and well practiced brother David (the bookie’s favourite). What we need in politics is less of the image-consulted and more of the odd – you can brand it as geek-chic if you like.

Od Milliband: The love child of Ernie and Wallace - Bert will be so upset

Having said that, Diane Abbot (I thought) was the obvious winner of the Labour Leadership Question Time Special. And not because the bookies loser managed to chant more slogans or make her answers as long and drawn out as possible.

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The “Other” Labour Contest

In by Sam, Going Into Labour 2010 on September 11, 2010 at 18:50

olly Toynbee wrote a great piece in the Guardian a fortnight ago decrying the various attempted of Labour’s hasbeens to get their opinions and thoughts on the parties leadership contest heard. It was almost uncomfortable to watch as the old dons of the government establishment cosy-ed up with their potential replacements (in an attempt to exercise some long-gone influence) just as the candidates tried, politely to edge away – smiling – but desperate to not be photographed next to the likes of Peter Mandelson.

The clear desperation of the 5 Labour leadership contestants to distance themselves from various aspects and characters of the party’s past may also be reflected in who, if anyone, they choose to back in the ‘other’ Labour contest – the one for London mayoral candidate.

The choice between Oona King and Ken Livingstone has, in the press, been portrayed as another battle between the Labour of old and the fresh face of the party. This simplification seems particularly superficial, if not bizarre, if you look into both candidates just slightly. Ken – although a giant character in his own right – has never been associated too closely with the party clique. He was forced to stand as an independent because of his rejection by, then prime minister, Tony Blair only to embarrass all by winning 39% of the vote and his first term in office.

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