I was getting quite lonely writing away here lately. And having noone here makes it easy to not bother writing anything. I mean I can just talk to myself if I’m the only one listening can’t I? Then two things happened. I found a widget to tell me whether people were turning up, and the all-powerful* Kerry McCarthy MP very kindly plugged this blog on twitter. So now I know I have a few people looking at this, it’s even more fun to write. Now I just have to work out what to write about.
Sundays for me usually equate to a roast lunch with my family and a good peruse of the newspapers. So I can write about lunch or news. Yesterday we had topside of beef with yorkshire pu…. just kidding. Two pieces in the Sunday ‘papers caught my eye. One, in the Observer from Ed Miliband, was a great little comment on party unity and collective action. The other, by Ed Balls for the Indy, solidly reiterates the differences between a Labour government and the potential Tory government. Both make great reading for Labour activists and supporters and both articles do their authors no harm at all.
Messrs Miliband, E, and Balls were both quick to confirm their loyalty to Brown on Wednesday and have a lot of support in the Grassroots. While they both committed themselves to working to give Brown another 5 years as Prime Minister, they’ve also managed to smoothly position themselves very well for a Post-Brown leadership contest (whether that comes in 6 months or after the next Parliament).
The coming campaign is going to be long and hard enough without senseless coups which start and finish in the Westminster bubble, so it’s great to hear strong positive messages like the two above coming from inside that bubble. Hopefully, the rest of the Parliamentary Labour Party will be singing from the same hymn sheet after today’s meeting with the Prime Minister. With two heavyweights recognising the concerns of the grassroots, activists probably had a bigger spring in their welly-booted steps yesterday out on the doorstep. And a Miliband-Balls partnership starts to look more attractive for the future……
*Kerry McCarthy, while lovely, is probably not all powerful.