Sunday, May 04, 2008
Jon Cruddas Could Be the Man to Oust Brown
This is Jon Cruddas. Remember the name. He could play a big part in the future of politics over the next twelve months. Speculation today is that Left Winger John McConnell is planning a stalking horse campaign to overthrow Gordon Brown. He doesn't stand a cat in hell's chance. Indeed, my own feeling is that it's probably an impossibility to get Gordon Brown out of Number Ten barring the possibility of a visit from the men in white coats - something one ex Labour Cabinet Minister is openly talking about.
However, If Labour MPs are to take action against Brown they will need to coalesce around someone who commands the respect of all parts of the party. Jon Cruddas could be that man. He ran a superb deputy leadership campaign and was careful not to join Team Gordon whe he was offered a junior post last July. At the time I thought he had copped out, but he knew what was coming and didn't want to be scarred by it. He also knows he has a fight on his hands to retain his Dagenham constituency, where he's facing an onslaught from his Tory candidate Simon Jones, one of the best campaigners the Conservatives have.
For Jon Cruddas, his 'shit or bust' moment may arrive soon. Then we'll see who has real courage - Cruddas or Brown.