The Insider: Kearney Tipped to Follow Marr, the Case of the [Pounds Sterling]20 Shag, and Galloway Goes Home to Bed
Maguire, Kevin, New Statesman (1996)
Gordon Brown's stock is rising. The red tie he wore while delivering the Budget fetched [pounds sterling]2,500 at an auction for the West Bromwich East constituency Labour Party--more than an Albert Square street sign autographed by the cast of EastEnders. Further evidence comes from the latest selections of prospective parliamentary candidates. As disclosed in this column, Brown's press secretary Ian Austin and his economics guru Ed Miliband sought Labour nominations in Dudley North and Doncaster North respectively. Both have now won--on first ballots. So that's two more MPs to vote for Brown as leader.
The mackintosh of state worn by generations of BBC political editors may be passed to a woman for the first time. Odds are shortening on Martha Kearney--Newsnight's political editor and presenter of Woman's Hour--succeeding Andrew Marr should the possessor of the most famous jug ears outside of rugby decide to step down after the election. Marr, I hear, may prefer Sir David Frost's soon-to-be-vacated Sunday morning chair to standing in the drizzle outside Downing Street on weekday evenings.
The anoraks at Charter 88 are seeking UN-style monitors to judge whether parties behave fairly and properly in the election campaign. Volunteers are to keep detailed notes on all communication they have with the parties, including contact on the doorstep and leaflets stuffed through letterboxes. Charter 88's assurance that it will take only a "small amount of time" is the first election inaccuracy uncovered.
Much to the consternation of Jane Griffiths (Reading East), the brothers and sisters are now suggesting the riposte she should have delivered to her fellow Labour MP Marsha Singh (Bradford West). …