Not sure if Jason Cowley has a penchant for David Beckham but compare his descriptions of James Purnell and Jon Cruddas.
"He was wearing jeans and flip-flops and seemed extraordinarily at ease, less like the career politician he is than, say, a working actor between jobs, at large in his own hood."
"In person, hair cropped military-short at the sides and back, in rumpled, open-necked shirt and sleeveless sweater."
Let's leave the guy who used to be the most fashionable right get back in the England team and let's start with James Purnell. No one written off? Many benefits claimants know that when JP was Work and Pensions Secretary, he was always spot on at giving them free kicks where it hurt, telling them to work even if they were seriously ill. And even though his Blairite creed is definitely has been, we all know they keep making their comebacks. So, James, I'm honestly willing to take you at your word, when you say "I feel I've been released from prison," were all of your welfare reform policies forced upon you by GB and deep down it hurt you too knowing the impacts of the ESA on those who are the most vulnerable? And rather than penalising care, you would reward it? If that were really the case, then like the Welfare Reform Green Paper you drove through, I would also agree that even in politics, "No one is written off". Curl it like Cruddas Maybe what brings both Cruddas and Purnell together is that they've had enough of the very unbeautiful tribal game - "symptomatic of our insularity, of our hollowing out as a vibrant political force." Indeed, people don't listen any more to the rhetoric on local community that all parties bang on about, because what they see is supermarkets being allowed to crush any competition from local shops. They don't listen any more to the rhetoric on fairness when what they see are fat cats bailed out once again lapping up the caviar and champagne from their bonuses, while young people are forced to lap up the rhetoric on the age of austerity and accept pay cuts and job cuts. And they don't listen any more when faceless MPs who never rebel on our behalf just in case they get pushed off the greasy careerist pole, start rebelling to maintain their juicy perks. When we get MPs who'd rather get a windfall payout than continue to represent their local constituents, we know that the game's up for the politics of greed and envy. After all, why should MPs care about young people, when the only people they need to convince are "swing voters"? So when Cruddas say he is prepared to build coalitions across parties and more importantly civil society groups, it is refreshing and when he argues that "we should have an election around why the little guy is going to pick up the tab for the crisis." he nails it on the head.
“What matters is the real issues - of political economy, the future of social democracy, what's happening on the right . . . It's fair to say that Compass, myself and a few others will make sure that we have a contribution to make when the time comes."
We will indeed...