The FT, which backed the Conservative bid, reports on Blairite activity

99%-399% thrown to the wolves?

George Parker, Political Editor of the Financial Times, under the heading “Labour war erupts as Blairites turn on Ed Miliband” foresees a bitter ideological battle for the party leadership:

“Lord Mandelson (Ed: firmly allied with the ‘mega-rich’) said Mr Miliband and his supporters had made a ‘terrible mistake’ in abandoning the New Labour centre ground and undertaking ‘a giant political experiment’ that went badly wrong”.

Ed’s ‘vanity project’? He dared to express some care for the millions in need rather than the already prosperous

Philip Collins, a former Blair speech writer and columnist, tweeted that it would take more than five years to repair the damage of the defeat: “That is the price of the Ed vanity project. He lost two elections in one night.”

The trade union bogeyman

Lord Mandelson said the trade unions that helped to deliver victory for Ed Miliband in the party’s 2010 leadership contest could do the same again by enrolling Labour supporting union members to vote in the 2015 contest. “We cannot open ourselves up to the sort of abuse and inappropriate influence that the trade unions waded in with in our leadership election in 2010,” he said, failing to mention the type of influence he favours.

Bookmakers William Hill 2-1 favourite self declared candidate Chuka Umunna abandons the underprivileged millions

chuka umunnaSince Mr Miliband announced his resignation on Friday, Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary, has signalled his intention to run, echoing the Blairite theme that Mr Miliband had abandoned the centre ground. “For middle-income voters there was not enough of an aspirational offer there,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr.

Parker ends: “Labour’s national executive committee will meet this week to draw up a timetable for the leadership contest. A shorter timetable might benefit Mr Burnham, who already has a great deal of party support, while other less well-known candidates would prefer a contest that runs into the autumn”.

The FT’s editor surmises that the burst of activity by the Blairites was intended to stall any potential momentum behind Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, who is ‘a firm favourite with public sector unions’. Corporate shudder . . .

Media appearances present Andy Burnham as sincere, caring and capable – a socialist in the tradition of those who brought in the welfare state and national health service – though his record with regard to reported Stafford Hospital failures gives pause for thought.

andy burnhamIf elected, he could work well with the progressive, humane SNP as long as he rejects the mainstream tradition of welcoming – even courting – advantageous corporate overtures. Untrammelled by corporate fetters, such a government could make decisions in the interests of electors rather than corporations.

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Posted on May 11, 2015, in Admirable politician, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Economy, Government, Inequality, Planning, Unemployment, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. From RK in Kings Heath by email:

    Did you hear the astonishing mini-rant from James Naughtie today on R4 “Today” (c. 08.10), implying that Harriet Harman should accept this Blairite account – calmly put down by her.

    It’s the Blairites to blame for ensuring that the Blair/Brown public expenditure was not argued for in the campaigning – & thus allowing the “narrative” to stick that this “incompetence” was an important cause of “the crisis”. They’d have blocked the funding for the 1940s “Welfare State”.

  3. From KC in Lancashire by email:

    It seems to me that Mandelson, Blair and Umunna are opportunists of the worst kind and their underhand behaviour is completely beyond the pale as they have all carefully hedged their bets to keep themselves safe by waiting until after the election before relaunching themselves into the public eye as if they were genuine statesmen to be taken seriously.

    If things have gone wrong within the Labour party it was their fault for not speaking out earlier.

    Instead these self serving cowards have all watched Miliband fail and kicked him and then really put the boot in as soon as he was down.

    How any of them are able to live with their consciences is beyond me.

    Whether he knew they were doing this to him and was happy he was being used as a fall guy is another matter.

    One of the main questions that ought to really be at the forefront of everyone’s mind is not that regarding the fall of Miliband, but what of the Chilcot enquiry?

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