Sunday, 22 February 2009

Andy Burnham

Peter Black has a piece about Labour in-fighting over the leadership after the party's inevitable decline at the next election, and the attempts at damage limitation.

It was fascinating to hear Andy Burnham on "Any Questions?" last Friday manfully defending Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Hazel Blears.

According to a BBC profile:
Mr Burnham and James Purnell - his predecessor as culture secretary - used to be flatmates and played in the same football teams: Red Menace and its successor Demon Eyes.

He is also a lifelong Everton supporter. The BBC note didn't say which position he favours. Friday night's performance suggests that he is a cultured last line of defence like the late Brian Labone.

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