There's a lot of talk at the moment about Alan Johnson overthrowing Gordon Brown, and leading the Labour party to electoral victory - or a lesser loss than they might experience under Brown. There is also a slightly worrying trend for people to forget that Johnson:
a) Admitted he wasn't up to the job of being Prime Minister
b) Has been a Minister under both Brown and Blair
c) Has absolutely no real political achievement to his name whatsoever
I guess that just shows how limited Labour's options are, but it also demonstrates that Johnson isn't this peripheral figure - he's been deeply involved in everything Labour has done for the last 12 years. In other words, why on earth should he be considered to be something different and new?
And his Times article today shows precisely how he isn't going to change anything, mainly because his prerogative is fixing the system to benefit Labour. In essence, he calls for AVP - a form of Proportional Representation - to be adopted after a referendum that would be on the same day as the next election. Picture the scene; the Tories win the next election but, thanks to Labour spending plenty of taxpayers money on the advertising campaign, AVP is then introduced. Come the next election, Labour cosy up to the Lib Dems, form an alliance, and keep the Tories out of power for ever. On the other hand, I suppose we can take some comfort from the fact that if Labour look like they're going to lose the referendum vote, it will probably be scrapped. They have a degree of form in this area.
This is how the current Labour brain works - what is good for Labour and bad for the Tories comes before what is good for the country. By coming up with this ridiculous suggestion - the only purpose of which is to make it easier for Labour to win elections - Johnson shows his true colours. He is not a breath of fresh air, a knight in shining armour, or a working class lad done good. He's a duplicitous turd, a partisan obsessive, and a control freak with a staggering sense of entitlement to power.
Opinium/Observer – CON 40, LAB 43, LDEM 6
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