Ahem… (Ed, Alan, Ed…)
In a previous post (http://clemthegem.wordpress/On-snobbery-and-shadow-cabinets), I defended Eds choice of Alan Johnson as Shadow Chancellor, and attacked the snobbish battalions of media comentators.
Alan sadly underperformed in his front bench role, but now we have a very good reason why. I really do not want to dwell on what is a personal issue, especially as Johnson has never exhibited the common attribute of British politicians – double standards in personal life. I believe that Alan Johnson stands up as an example of a working class guy made good, through his own talents and good judgement. Those of us who support a Yes vote in the AV Referendum will miss his frontbench support. I wish him and his family well.
So… Balls got the job he wanted all along, hmm…
Well, in one sense, this has worked out very well for both Eds – Miliband gets a competent economist at the helm, who is also a formidable debater in The Commons. Balls gets the job he coveted, in a fashion that makes it hard for Coalition supporters to say it was a stitch-up. After all, who could have predicted this turn of events?
The timing is also good for Labour – as Coalition cuts have started to bite, and are proving ever more unpopular. The debate has moved on from the last Governments’ policies towards what is happening now. I look forward to watching Ed B pummeling Gideon, 14th Earl of Whypaytaxes…
And yet, I really do hope we haven’t heard the last Alan Johnson, a man who lived in the real world before he became a politician.