Thursday, 3 May 2018

Neither A Lender Nor A Borrower Be?

The Conservative Party is preparing to pretend that it never did well in London, anyway. But George Osborne and that party are now barely on speaking terms. So of course Osborne still wants to be Mayor of London.

From the moment that he became Editor the Evening Standard, this was obviously the plan. It is quite possible that he intends to do both jobs simultaneously. Creating the serious possibility that the battle in 2020 will be between him and the breakout star of the Windrush scandal, David Lammy.

All three contenders for that office among Labour MPs nominated Jeremy Corbyn for Leader in 2010: Diane Abbott, Sadiq Khan, and Lammy. "Ah," you may say, "the Hard Left, the Soft Left, and the Right. Lammy lent his nomination to Corbyn in order to curry favour with a London Labour Party well to his own left, and in order to broaden the debate." 

But really? I mean, really and truly? Lammy also nominated Abbott in 2010. When you have nominated two Campaign Group members for Leader, then there is no lending involved. The candidate of the Right? It is a wonder, if it is even a fact, that any of them still speaks to you.

Lammy versus Osborne in 2020. Bring it on.

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