Sunday, June 24, 2007

Harriet Harman, weatherer of storms

It would be churlish not to congratulate Harriet Harman upon her election as Deputy Leader of the Labour party. The final round of voting was a knife-edge contest between her and Alan Johnson. Harman has a very long record of political experience and has weathered a number of storms, not least being married to the Treasurer of the Labour Party during the recent financial controversies. So, it would be patronising to welcome her election solely on the grounds of her gender. The Labour party have chosen well from the available candidates.

Harman was, I recall, one of those deputy leadership candidates who said they didn't want to combine being Deputy Prime Minister with the Deputy Leader role. She is to be Party chair. The BBC report that there is unlikely to be a Deputy Prime Minister. No doubt this is one of the ways Brown wants to show he is a "new Broon" (last time I bother with that one) during the available one month window to impress voters which he seems to have, once in Number Ten.

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