Thursday, May 27, 2010

The battle to write the inside story of New Labour.

Winston Churchill once famously declared, "history will be kind to me for I intend to write it", and that appears to be the aspirations of the architects of New Labour.

Tony Blair is the next ex-Prime Minister to go into print, with a memoir acquired at vast expense by Random House, which will come out just as the party political conference season gets under way in September.

Gordon Brown will probably follow him, in another year, though someone who is in touch with the former Prime Minister said yesterday: "He has not been on to a publisher yet – but that doesn't mean he is not going to."

Lord Mandelson is not saying what the focus of his book will be. He has not signed a deal with a publisher yet, but he is unlikely to have any difficulty finding one. The Times has already signalled an interest in the serial rights.

One could be forgiven for thinking that we are watching the obituaries of New Labour being written. For we are surely at the end of the road where Labour pitch their policies in purely conservative terms in an attempt to please the readers of the Daily Mail.

When Labour lost Glasgow East there was surely a movement within the party which realised it was becoming utterly divorced from it's base?

The leadership election must address that fact.

And, in the meantime, we will watch the people who divorced Labour from it's base issue their utterly self serving reasoning's.

I won't be reading any of them.

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