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07 September 2006

New Labour's Blair-Brown Bust-Up, And A Leadership Challenge From The Left ...





Hands up, anyone who can honestly say with their hand on their heart, that they recognise the grey haired guy shown left.

Hardly anyone, we'll wager.

So, helpful as ever, we're here today to tell you that this is who he is.


John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlingon and chair of the parliamentary Socialist Campaign Group ...
So what? -- we surmise some are certain to say.

Here's what.
Mr McDonnell is the first MP to openly declare his intention to stand against Mr Brown following speculation that the chancellor would be unopposed in his bid for the leadership.
Surprised?

Well, we're sure a lot of you are.

As indeed we pair were, when we first found out.

Here's another excerpt from the same Guardian piece published just a few weeks ago.

Mr McDonnell rejected claims that by standing he was set to scupper the chances of a more recognised leftwing challenger.

"It is perfectly open for others to put in their name and open the debate. What we aim to do is maximise our support."

Starting to sound sort of interesting, eh?

A bit of a dark horse hanging about, eh?

So, here's something straight from said dark horse's mouth.

"New Labour has systematically alienated section after section of our supporters - teachers, health workers, students, pensioners, public service workers, trade unionists and people committed to the environment, civil liberties and peace.

"Spin and allegations of sleaze are causing decent people to lose trust in our party.

"This is reflected in lost votes, lost elections, lost members and ...

Okay, teasing time is over.

Hit the link to learn more about the man.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Griffon said...

Richard and crew,
You're not going to believe this.

Well... you will, but wont want to...

When Doves Cry
by Chris Floyd

An insightful commenter notes that the dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Personally, I don't think it as a coincidence.

1:28 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, wadaya know? Traditional Labour lives!

2:37 am  
Anonymous Griffon said...

Yes, well I just hope Mr McDonnell stays away from hospitals and small planes in the meantime.

I'm thinking of running a book on what type of sexual immprepriety and what type of financial imprepriety will be spead all over the Telegraph in the coming weeks.

3:09 am  
Anonymous xxx said...

Some of the extreme 'camp followers' of Blair and Brown are doing more harm than the two bums themselves. The 'New Labour' party is falling apart - make that being torn apart. I hope neither Blair nor Brown nor any Conservative will be running this country before too long.

1:56 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

I like the sound of this fellow. I'll have to try and find out more about him. He certainly got this right.

"New Labour has systematically alienated section after section of our supporters - teachers, health workers, students, pensioners, public service workers, trade unionists and people committed to the environment, civil liberties and peace.
"Spin and allegations of sleaze are causing decent people to lose trust in our party.


Another great find Richard, btw.

4:49 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether you want to get involved, offer support or just want to know more about the man __ here's John McDonnell's own website.

5:01 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

If he's good enough for old Tony Benn - he's good enough for me. I'll definitely follow him with interest.

6:37 pm  
Anonymous me said...

Hey, he looks like 'the right stuff'.

He needs some more BIG names, and/or heavyweights behind him though. And more TV and radio airtime -- and more press coverage -- and a wider web audience.

10:45 pm  

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