Monday, January 18, 2010

Featherstone for LibDem Leader!

Well, it's an innovative way to announce you want to lead your party, I suppose. This is Lynne Featherstone answering a question in today's Independent...
Would you chair Chris Huhne's campaign if he ran for leader again?
Priscilla Judt, Basingstoke

Mr Clegg is doing a brilliant job as leader – so my chairing talents will not be required for many years. And who says I wouldn't be asking someone to chair my campaign when that day comes?

Go girl! There's absolutely nothing wrong in having political ambition. I wish more politicians were open about what political job they aspire to? In my case, it's a bit boring. I'd like to be Secretary of State for Transport...

17 comments:

John Moss said...

So close to a Nicola Murray moment!

And I want to be Housing Minister!

trevorsden said...

Own up.
What you really mean is Secretary of State for Driving Cars Really Fast up the M1.

My preferred job in government would be Lord Protector.

Max Atkinson said...

Transport, eh? I always used to tell Paddy that I wanted the Education job in the first Ashdown government, because I wanted to (a) get rid of the dead wood in universities and (b) reform spelling, which would save billions (long-term) of needless waste in teaching kids to read and write a language with such a barmy spelling system (in contrast with the likes of Swedish and Italian). How sad is that compared with transport?

William Blake's Ghost said...

And who says she might not lose her seat before she gets a chance to go after the leadership...

Newmania said...

I`d like to be head oil boy at the Miss World Competition

Max Atkinson said...
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WC-H said...

Yes, Iain for Transport Minister I say... every man needs a train set.

Paul Halsall said...

Iain,

Cute as you are, you do realise, don't you, that even if you become minister for transport you aill still not be called "Adonis"?

Tim said...

And what would you do as SoS for Transport - it doesn't often feature on your blog?

(for my sins I am a transport economist!)

James Mackenzie said...

My guess is roads, roads, roads. Back to Newbury-style bypasses for everyone.

OldSlaughter said...

I'm going all out for Vice Tsar.

metabourke said...

So Iain is Transport Minister and we get special "Audi" lanes, police escorts for those on their way to media interviews, suspension of speed limits in the early hours of the morning, and a high-speed rail line from Tunbridge Wells to Kennington and Westminster!

I'd prefer city centre car park levies, public transport contributions from developers of out-of-town retail sites, and a new London super train station for all lines into the capital (perhaps on the site of Caxton House when the DWP is abolished). And the demolition of the LB of Newham to create space for a new airport :-)

neil craig said...

I'd like to be Prime Minister, or Chancellor, or Minister of Space (with a bit of real authority) (er actually with a bit of real authority in any of the 3 posts).

Paddy Briggs said...

A Secretary of State for Transport who is openly contemptuous of public transport, goes everywhere by car and no doubt wouldn't be seen dead on a bus. Now there's an idea!

Iain Dale said...

Paddy, unworthy of you. I travel by train every day and use the 87 bus every day from Charing X to Vauxhall.

Like to retract?

patrick.s.1 said...

Iain

Happy to do so. But in the past you have been a bit sniffy about rail travel and you do like your wheels - but fair enough. Sorry! I of course have a "Freedom Pass" so it's even more of a no brainer for me.

See you on the bus!

Paddy Briggs said...

Last post was from me - minor identity crisis!

Paddy