Another John McDonnell Interview.
The Meacher ego still hasn't landed, but while we are waiting for Michael's final approach, here is an interview with John McDonnell from today's Indy:
You aren't going to win. If you did, Labour would lose the next election disastrously. Why are you running? ANDY DWYER, Liverpool
Andy, you may have noticed the election results on 3 May.
Labour polled 27 per cent to the Tories 41 per cent - if things don't change, at best there'll be a hung parliament at the next election. Even in 2005, we only polled 35 per cent of the vote.
We have also lost so much of our membership that in some areas we do not have the machine on the ground to win anymore. I'm running because the majority of the British public agrees with me on a range of issues: from Iraq to public services, to the need for greater action on housing and the environment.
I'm standing on a platform of issues based on the votes of Labour Party and TUC conferences - where millions of people's views are represented - and which have been developed by my discussions with thousands of people up and down the country.