… and Jon Cruddas is wrong!
Luke Akehurst has written an interesting piece on the Labour leadership election and what he refers to as the ‘kaleidoscope of alignments’ across the party around the leadership issue. It shows the strange nature of these alignments when you discover that both Luke and myself are likely to support the same candidate, although I suspect I will do so with somewhat less enthusiasm than Luke. Certainly one thing we can agree on is the need for Labour to attack the Lib Dems, rather than smarmy up to them in the hope that they will help to prop up a future Labour-Lib Dem coalition.
Some aspects of Cruddas’ endorsement I just plain disagree with “Cruddas warns that it’s a grave mistake for Labour to attack and disparage the Liberal Democrats. “David is not just attacking the Liberals, as some of the others have been.”". Run that past me again Jon … a rival party that has been trying to steal votes of us by presenting itself as to our left suddenly goes into coalition with the Tories and backs savage cuts to public services and a regressive budget and you don’t think we should attack them for it? We shouldn’t just be attacking them we should be trying to destroy them as a viable political entity. If that view reflects David Miliband’s view then in itself it is reason enough why his brother should be leader instead. Whoever becomes leader, if I get on the NEC I will be pushing for attacking the Lib Dems to be a major part of our electoral strategy.