Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

Alan Johnson resigns…

And Ed Balls gets a job he intensely desired.

This could get really interesting. The Tories will be hoping the appointment of Balls – a Brown ally – as Shadow Chancellor will prevent Labour from getting past the Brownite Vs. Blairite era, and tether the party to Gordon Brown in the minds of voters.

Furthermore, they probably hope that it will reopen old wounds that will disrupt effective leadership. Balls was passed over for the job the first time precisely because of his links with the much-maligned Gordon Brown, his clashes with Ed Miliband over the pace of deficit reduction, and because he wanted (wants?) to be Ed numero uno in the Labour Party.


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