Monday, December 19, 2005

Punchy Labour


What with Tony's humiliation in Europe, the ongoing punch-up over schools reform, and most of all, the massive threat from Cameron's Conservatives, squabbling Labour are coming up to the boil.

So as the Tories powered into a 9% lead, the odds on Labour's leadership runners started to shift.

Gordo is still favourite on 0.47/1. But last week's second favourite, John Reid's odds have collapsed from 14/1 right back to 23/1. Perhaps Reid's silky diplomatic skills are reckoned to be a mite sophisticated for the bar-room brawl now getting underway. Although bizarrely he's been replaced as second favourite by Miliband, now on 14/1. But does the boy actually know what a Glasgow kiss is?

They'll all be hoping for some sanity to return with the Xmas pud, but Prezza's extraordinary outburst yesterday is not going to disappear so easily. Can anyone think of another case where a deputy leader has publicly laid into the leader's flagship policy and survived?

But then, this is Tone's New Labour, so the normal rules probably don't apply.

Should all be worth watching anyway.

3 Comments:

Blogger Dr John Crippen said...

Wat, clicking on Alan Milburn is not going anywhere.

Is he a runner, or is he spending time with his family?

12:02 AM  
Anonymous Daniel Vince-Archer said...

Also, I think David Miliband is a more realistic contender than Ed Miliband, who you have listed in the Clem Attlee Memorial Stakes links.

For an excellent discussion about the Labour contenders, which was held in the summer, see http://conservativehome.blogs.com/toryleadership/2005/08/david_camerons_.html - such a dazzling array of talent to choose from!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Wat Tyler said...

Daniel- yes, thanks...I've changed it to David. all those Milibands look the same.

And that Conservative Home thread is indeed excellent. A constellation of talent.

12:03 PM  

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