Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

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Jon Cruddas is Labour’s Greek Chorus

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 6th September, 2009

Jon CruddasAccording to The Observer, Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas will give a blistering speech to the Labour pressure group Compass on Tuesday, castigating the Labour leadership for failing to capitalise on the Conservatives’ difficulties over the summer. Remember Daniel Hannan MEP’s rubbishing of the NHS? And the Tories’ leaving the biggest grouping in the European Parliament, the EPP, to start a new entity with the flotsam and jetsam of central and eastern European fringe politics? And just how many Tory MPs had their snouts in the troughs/moats/duck islands in the expenses scandal? This all gave the perfect opportunity for Gordon Brown to strike back, Cruddas argues. But did he? Oh no.

‘Presented with this golden opportunity to galvanise ourselves and unite behind a clear anti-Tory message we seem paralysed; afraid of using our Labour principles as the basis to lay bare the shallowness of Cameron’s project,’ he is reported to be going to say. ‘We seem to be meekly accepting defeat, unable to show what we believe in.’

Jon Cruddas did very well in the last Labout deputy leadership election; had I been a Labour Party member (a difficult hypothesis to sustain, I agree), I would have voted for him. He had fire and principles. But the Labour Party at the moment appears to be a lost cause. So it is now up to the Liberal Democrats to expose the shallowness of the Cameron project and the bankruptcy of New Labour.

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