Friday, October 03, 2008

Once, twice, three times a minister



The swirl of mist, the whiff of brimstone and the Prince of Darkness rises from the grave - well, Brussels anyway - to taunt the faithful and scare the enemy. Hellfire, indeed.
This will go one of two ways. It will either be a dramatic stroke of genius or a car crash. While Mandy's a divisive figure, I do have a sneaking admiration for the man - he's Labour to the core and he's a fine political operator.
There is one other man that I'd like to see back in government - or someone like him - and that's Alistair Campbell. We urgently need a late 1990s-style Campbell figure, as the media strategy of the party is currently dire and in need of reform. The Tories need to be challenged at every turn and mustn't be allowed to run the news agenda - something that we've let them do far too often lately. We need an iron discipline in communicating our message through the media and we're missing that in tough political times.
Congratulations to Liam Byrne on his promotion - just short of a position in Cabinet.

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