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John Rentoul

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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AJ for PM: new supporter

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Monday, 1 June 2009 at 03:58 pm
How humiliating, as Dougal once said in The Magic Roundabout. The Alan Johnson for Prime Minister Campaign has now received unsolicited endorsements not just from the two Pollies, Toynbee and Portillo, but now from ... my MP, George Galloway.

Still. That's politics. You take your support where you can get it.

And at least Galloway draws my attention to another of Johnson's good lines that I had missed. In relation to their hyperactivity over MPs' expenses he called David Cameron and Nick Clegg the "self-Righteous Brothers".

Clever touch, too, from the soon-to-be-ex-MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, in claiming ideological continuity with "my Glasgow Hillhead predecessor Roy Jenkins" in his support for electoral reform. If only Tony Blair had resisted the siren of hubris, says Galloway, almost wistfully,

a dictatorship of public school Flashmans would not be on the horizon ... the centre left would always rule - and I'd be leading a group of half a dozen MPs.

So Blair did something right, then.


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