I have never understood Harriet Harman's popularity in the Labour Party. She was a completely useless Cabinet Minister - so useless in fact that Tony Blair sacked her within eighteen months of giving her the job. Now she wants to be Gordon Brown's deputy. Er, precisely why, exactly? She only seems to be able to come up with one reason: because it ought to be a woman. She fails to explain why it should be her, though. Labour blogger Antonia Bance, who ought to be a natual supporter of Harman, is equally mystified by her candidacy. Antonia explains...
I’ve heard Harriet speak a few times over the past few months, and her pitch is entirely designed to appeal to party members like me - women. Everytime I hear her say it, I think how much I’d like to see a woman in a leadership position in the party, and I’m all set to vote for her. And then I remember that it’s Harriet Harman, who cut lone parent benefit, sent her son to a grammar school, and has the political judgement of a sixth form council member. Yes, she’s been a great advocate for government action to end domestic violence, but as Dan points out, how could we trust her to stand up to Gordon when it matters?
UPDATE: I bring you exciting news. Luke Akehurst is breathlessly reporting that Hazel Blears (aka My Little Chipmunk) is going to throw her hat into the Deputy Leadership ring. My excitement can hardly be contained. I was going to throw my full weight behind Hilary Benn, but now, well I have a dilemma.