The publicity-chasing Labour MP who hopes to become Mayor of London
Michael Gove was the most dynamic education secretary Britain ever had
Our Mole wonders whether Labour’s unexpected outbreak of party unity will last beyond the leadership campaign
To my mind it is obvious that Labour is in a great deal of trouble, and that the only candidate who can get them out of it is David Miliband. More than half of the electorate voted for the Conservatives and Liberals in the 2010 election. To win some of them back Labour is going to have to start winning arguments in those swathes of southern and central England where supporting Labour is now a minority interest on a par with water divining or train spotting. David Miliband strikes me as an intelligent politician who can appeal to moderates. Moreover, he is the only candidate who you could imagine as prime minister. Choosing him seems so obvious a step to take as to be no choice at all.
The British Foreign Secretary has failed to take on Iran’s mullahs
Yesterday, David Miliband indicated that NATO are considering political engagement with moderate sections of the Taliban. He insisted that any military strategy must be combined with a political one in order for the Afghan mission to be a success.
I have recently written about the British government’s misguided strategy of seeking to engage with Hamas and Hezbollah, in the hope that this will coax them into moderation. This debate was re ignited in May of this year when junior Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell stated in Parliament that the government was “exploring the possibility of limited and considered contacts” with Hezbollah’s ‘political wing’.