Sunday, 25 September 2011

Tessa and Ed join the queue

The queue of Labour politicians wanting to aplogise for the last administration was joined by former Blairite Tessa Jowell this morning.

According to the Independent on Sunday,she puts the blame on last year's electoral defeat as

because it was addicted to the "crack cocaine" of courting media barons such as Rupert Murdoch rather than listening to the public's concerns.

The shadow Olympics minister warns that

"nobody is listening" to Labour because of a breakdown in trust with the public on the economy, its relations with the media, and a failure to talk about welfare and immigration. Voters can only hear "white noise", she says, and Labour must promise to open the "gilded cages" of the Westminster, media and City establishments.

She joins the party's policy chief, Liam Byrne, and former home secretary Alan Johnson in calling for Mr Miliband to apologise for Labour's mistakes on the economy.

Meanwhile Ed Balls is pouring his heart out to the Telegraph's Patrick Hennessey.

He tells the chief political correspondent that

"With Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling and Tony Blair, and many other people, I didn't see this financial regulation crisis coming. So I hold my hands up.

Interestingly or not he also reveals that his leadership ambitions have now vanished.

Should such a vacancy exist,he tells the paper, he would happily stand aside in favour of his wife Yvette, the shadow home secretary, if she wanted to got for it.

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