|After an admittedly fairly sketchy article in yesterday's Observer, it appears Tony Blair thinks David Miliband "could" be his successor. He doesn't seem to have gone as far as saying "should" yet, but presumably he might do, if Miliband was to declare himself as a candidate. |
So, in what would be an extremely risky move (pretty much uniquely in today's political landscape, Gordon Brown is a genuinely frightening man) but also a very funny one, if he managed to pull it off, should Miliband throw his hat in the ring? And will he? On a number of levels, he might be better advised to wait five years (at forty one he's older than David Cameron, but he looks a lot younger, and also a little like Beaker from 'The Muppet Show' - a few more grey hairs and pronounced worry lines would definitely add gravitas) but on the other hand, at least according to one possible Blairite analysis of the situation, half a decade of Brown might well make Labour unelectable. And to be opposed at this point by a serious candidate could potentially drive Gordon into a bad place emotionally, to the point where he made serious errors in terms of his public profile.
I hope Miliband does run - it would be terribly entertaining, and I think he might win, but then again, I haven't voted Labour in the past, and really wouldn't do these days.