I don’t agree with all-male leaderships... Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it’s a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership...
For those of you who can't translate this, this actually means
I want to be leader of the party.
Or am I just being cynical?
This is just an unnecessary distraction as we enter the long haul towards the next election. I'm entirely behind the wise words of John Prescott
Quotes like this just raise leadership issues once again just at a time when we should all be pullng together and defending our record.... We created two million jobs, made massive investments in health and education that vastly improved these frontline services, met and surpassed our Kyoto targets and are leading the way in securing an historic global climate change deal in Copenhagen.... And under Gordon Brown's leadership, we're leading this country and the world out of a global recession when it's clear the Tories would have done absolutely nothing.... These successes came out of a strong government of men and women working together.
Harriet won the deputy leadership fairly from a predominantly male field. Frankly, I don't want us to have a party leader or deputy leader who is there on anything other than merit. If that means a man and a woman, two men or two women, that's perfectly fine. We've moved on from when women weren't considered politically important - and Harriet has been a big part of that change in the party. However, this isn't an issue at the moment and she's wasted an interview during the holiday season when she could have been talking about our achievements and our plans to spin a self-serving line.
JP puts the boot in again, on the need to campaign:
This is crucial, now more than ever, after a disasterous June election campaign you were supposed to be running and with a poll today saying we're 24% behind the Tories in the key marginals that you're supposed to be in charge of campaigning in.
Let's talk about what we've done, and are doing, for jobs, social justice, health, education and, yes, equality.So, as I've said to others before, stop complaining and get campaigning.
The media story isn't with us - they are by and large cheerleading for the opposition parties and this is immensely difficult territory for the party at the moment, so every opportunity has to be seized to put across a positive line and press our case.
We're supposed to be a political party, yet sometimes our senior members don't seem to grasp that. Another example is the legal action against two injured soldiers.
Now, it may well be that this is exactly as the MoD describes it, a necessary legal test to ensure equality of financial compensation for those wounded while in the service of the country. It is certainly true that this government has significantly enhanced the pay outs for injuries sustained, but I find it hard to believe that nobody stopped and considered the public impact of the decision to take the case to appeal. Eric Joyce is exactly right
while the public will give us a lot of rope at times, where we get the moral call profoundly wrong on a matter of how we treat our astonishingly brave service personnel, we'll find ourselves dangling at the end of it
There is a wide ranging review of compensation currently under way and that would be the best place for the discussion, not a court of law. In the battle between accountants and soldiers, the accountants will always lose.