Hain pitches to become the next DPM…

The Times clearly doesn’t think much of Peter Hain’s bid for the job of Labour No 2 on The World At One (12.35 mins) yesterday. Note the reference to Al Gore’s effective disowning of the problematic Clinton inheritance. Hain clearly reckons that he could provide a n effective bridge between the Blairite inheritance and the new Brown dispensation. And, media savvy as ever, he has the jump on his leading rivals, Alan Johnson, at education, and the constitutional affairs minister, Harriet Harman.

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