James Forsyth

Damning with faint praise | 29 June 2009

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You’re going to have to allow me one more post on Norwich North, this quote from the vice chair of the Norfolk Labour party is too good not to pass on:

“John Cowan, vice chairman of Norfolk Labour Party, said: “It's very interesting that they've opted for a male candidate, my preference was always going to be for a female candidate.

“Chris is a fairly strong candidate. I worked with him during the Euro election campaign. He's obviously spent some time in Norwich at the UEA but it would've been nice to have someone a bit more local.” In other words, the only problems with the candidate are that he’s the wrong sex and not from around here. A loss in Norwich North is pretty much already priced in to Brown’s survival chances but an embarrassingly poor performance would cause him trouble.


Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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