Peter Hoskin

Is Blunkett on a mission to take out Johnson?

Now that Damien McBride’s out of the picture, just who will Brown use to take out his political opponents?  Well, David Blunkett seems like he could do a thorough job.  He’s got an article in the Guardian which takes the fight to the AV+ voting system proposed by the Man Who Would be King, Alan Johnson, earlier this week.  Here’s the key passage

“I could wear the alternative vote­ system if I had to, but couple voter disempowerment with the AV-plus system of ‘topping up’ the Commons from a party list and you have a dual disaster: the inability to get rid of placemen with no constituency accountability, and the undermining of constituency MPs who are doing the real work.”

There could be nothing in it, of course.  Blunkett may just be stating his firmly held beliefs, without ulterior motives.  But it also struck me how he took to almost every news channel to defend the Budget last month.  And with reports that he and Brown met at Chequers recently – and rumours that Blunkett may be in line for a Cabinet return – you’ve got to wonder…

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