It's not just the sharpness of his analysis and strength of his contacts that makes Martin a must-read. From a left wing perspective, he has investigated what he calls "Whitehall's love affair with radical Islam" as well as pretty much hounding Ken Livingstone out of office. So is he finally coming over to our side then? If only. He remains very much of the left, especially on issues like tax and the future of capitalism, which are now coming to the centre of the political debate. So this is, sadly, no defection. But we know that Martin will enlighten us about what the left think. Over the next 18 months, there will be a huge debate going on in private about where the Labour party should go after what most Labour MPs expect to be a heavy general election defeat: Martin will help bring that debate into the public domain.
As we used to say even before we signed him, there are few finer columnists that Martin. It’s great to have him on board.
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