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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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What is and what ought to be

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Sunday, 31 May 2009 at 05:11 pm

Events Dear Boy, a blogger who is even more interested in Alan Johnson's elevation to No 10 than I am, suggests more of a difference of view than actually exists between Matthew d'Ancona and me this weekend.

This is an example of the common confusion between what is and what ought to be. D'Ancona, who has some lovely phrases in his column ("the postman always rings twice", and a purgative general election described as "an enema of the people"), wants Brown out asap, Alan Johnson in  and a general election the day before yesterday. So do the two Pollies, Portillo and Toynbee.

So do I.

But it isn't going to happen next week. My column is an attempt to explain why.

Comments

leonard_merryl wrote:
Monday, 1 June 2009 at 04:40 am (UTC)
The only people who want warmongering numpty Alan Johnson leading the Labour Party are the Tories.

What the public want is an ELECTION, and now.

Out with these yankee bootlickers!
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