20 August 2009

No Frank, it will not be Harriet

Frank Field, no comrade of Our Dear Leader, has done his bit to boost the sales of New Statesman.  He has fallen in love with Harriet Harman:

You have to hand it to her. Harriet Harman has really shown how to use No 10 as a platform from which to direct policy. You may not agree with how she presented her programme, but, for the first time since 2005, there has been a real sense of direction and priorities from the government.

It was much needed. Morale among Labour MPs could not be lower, with many refusing to contemplate the extent of the slaughter awaiting us at next year's general election and sandbagging ourselves in with yet more constituency casework. In our hearts we know that this will not save us, but, with nothing else on offer, what are MPs in swing seats with majorities of less than 12,000 to do?

He motors on waxing lyrical about Andrew Adonis.  Then he simply gets carried away:

If the Prime Minister considers how his understudies have performed, he may recognise that the Harman-Adonis model is not only the right thing for a left party in government to do, but that it might also reduce the number of seats lost at the next election. Adopting such a strategy would transform morale among his high command as well as the Parliamentary Labour Party, and such enthusiasm in the past has proved infectious, rippling out from Westminster into our constituencies.

Oh dear.  Frank is such a capable chap, but his report card has to conclude with the deadly words, “not suited to politics”.

If he was to rewrite the article praising Alan Johnson, we might get somewhere.

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