Is Meacher's Ego Ready for Touchdown?


From today's Times:

Gordon Brown’s chances of facing a left-wing leadership challenge rose last night after it emerged that his two declared challengers are pooling resources to try to gain enough support to enter the contest.

John McDonnell, a backbencher, and Michael Meacher, a former Environment Minister, are preparing to announce a deal that would mean that the candidate with less support drops out, backing the other.

Challengers for the Labour leadership must secure the support of 44 MPs to get on the ballot paper. But last night The Times discovered there are tensions between the two candidates, with Mr McDonnell saying that a deal had been struck but Mr Meacher saying the details still had to be worked out.

Mr McDonnell said: “For the last three months we have been trying to get Michael Meacher to sit down and say that whoever has the highest number of MPs goes forward. Yesterday we sat him down and he agreed to that. But we’ve been here before and we hope he adheres to the deal.”

By contrast, Mr Meacher said that there was still some way to go before the final details were ironed out. “We are moving towards what I hope will be an agreement. I think it’s jumping the gun to say there is an agreement at the moment though. I do think we will reach an agreement along those lines. The important thing is there is a single centre-left candidate.”

So, it would appear that the ego still hasn't landed, but there are negotiations to line it up for the final approach...
[via stroppygirl]

Meanwhile, Blair has apparently ruled out standing down before the May elections, and is letting MPs know what he wants his legacy to be...

I would be interested in

I would be interested in seeing a copy of this new "dossier" in which Blair tells MPs about his "legacy". If this is what Blair thinks that he has achieved I think we should all have a copy (to critique).  Blair appears to be admitting to MPs that he lied to them: will any of them notice?

You could argue that if

You could argue that if bliar doesnt tell people what his legacy is they might just look around and make up their own mind.So off the top of my head and in no particular order IRAQ,WRECKED NHS,WRECKED PENSIONS,7.5MILLION PEOPLE ON BENIFITS,PARLIAMENT NEUTERED,GORDON BLOODY BROWN,HIGHEST TAXES EVER,CHERIE BLEEDING BLAIR/BOOTH AND FINALY AFGANISTAN. i COULD GO ON BUT I WOULD WEEP FOR WHAT THIS FOOL HAS DONE TO MY COUNTRY.