A partnership for the future…

Martin Bright, one of the New Statesman’s best recruits in the last few years, has an interesting thought. After all the gloom of the last few months within Labour, there may be a new partnership in the offing that gives the Chancellor the opportunity to begin crawling back some of the plausibility he’s lost through the continual catfighting of his own and Tony Blair’s seemingly unindentured retainers.

  • Rory

    Miliband throwing his support behind Brown confirms for me what I have long believed that, in terms of talent and ability to win majority support within the Party, there really wasn’t Anyone But Gordon and that Brown really is the Only Game in Town. Those likely to oppose his leadership are those who have so burnt their bridges with him that they see no career advancement under his leadership and must go for bust. (The weakness in this thinking is Alan Johnson whom I suspect, because of his ability, does indeed have a future – but then he does not have a history of anti-Brown machination).

    I stll suspect that Ed Balls wil take the Treasury though. Brown himself was inexperienced remember and Balls has been so deeply and successfully involved with the Treasury under Brown, but more he is probably Brown’s closest, most loyal ally and the first rule of political power is that allies must be rewarded. (The second of course is that so sometimes must enemies).

  • willis

    Interesting article, although I found this paragraph hard to believe.

    “On the face of it, the government has a good story to tell. When Labour came to power only 28 schools had 70 per cent of their pupils getting five A-C grades at GCSE; now it is 550. At the other end of the scale, in 1997, 660 schools had 75 per cent of pupils not getting five A-C grades; now the figure is 58. The real task, Miliband and Brown recognise, is to tackle the residual hard core of schools in disadvantaged areas.”