Fightback for 2012
3 May, 2008
2012 is only four years away and I have been thinking about who would be good as Labour’s candidate. Points to remember
1) in 2012 we may not be in government which I think makes a big difference
2) Being a winning candidate for Mayor of London isn’t like being promoted from being a back bencher to Parliamentary under sec in the ministry of paperclips. If you look at Labour members of parliament in London very few of them would be a good mayoral candidate that’s not because they’re bad it just a different ball game that is being played here.
We need someone that can connect with the whole London electorate, not just one section and name recognition,”personality” and media presence will be vital.
Advantages – Name recognition in spades. Can do the job really well.
Disadvantages – Was to much a zone 1 mayor, thought he was David Miliband and started to run his own foreign policy, not getting any younger.
Advantages- Decent name recognition, shouldn’t be to scary to zone 6 people, won the deputy leadership against the odds. Senior Pol. Good record on equality “harperson” which could be used to bash Boris if he goes down that avenue.
Disadvantages – Got fired early in the first term, What she may win from the middle class will she lose from the working class? Is she going to be the voice of London as opposed to the voice of the party?
Advantages – Most innovative thinker out of the lot of them , can run an insurgent campaign, can appeal to the working class in ways that some Labour politicians can’t any more yet no be scary to the middle. Dagenham and Rainham is his constituency so not a Zone 1 luvvie. Could be a really authentic voice for London and not the establishment
Disadvantages – Needs to secure his seat after boundary changes, not in the premier league of name recognition, needs to go on HIGNFU
Advantages – decent name recognition, like Hillary has been through the political washer, the Olympics, like Harman isn’t going to scare the tory burbs to much
disadvantages – to much the voice for new labour when the voice of london is needed. Olympic costs could well be an issue
Advantages – “Boris needs a Butler to sort the mess he made of London” I can hear it now. A real authentic Londoner. Not you average politico.
Disadvantages – Marginal seat that needs work. Just about a name in her own household but not at the Ken vs Boris level at the mo, perhaps should be on the longer term bet list.
Advantages – name recognition beyond compare, as Jowell said “the best in the business”, Labour’s most electorally successful politician
Disadvantages- the iraq war, probably can’t afford it,
Piers Morgan/other random celeb
Advantages – Everybody knows who he is
Disadvantage – Makes some people want to get to a sick bag fast, see Headcases on ITV but hell it didn’t stop Boris, are we sure he’s not a tory?
Advantages – Safe pair of hands, Ken’s former deputy
Disadvantages – Perhaps not a big enough personality. Her middle name is not excitement.
Longer term bets
Chuka Umunna and Alon Or Bach – Alon4London you heard it here first.
Feel free to suggest other names after all we need all the help we can get.