Doctored Johnson, I presume

by Stephen Tall on November 10, 2006

It’s no surprise that Alan Johnson has ruled himself out as a Labour leadership contender, opting instead to run for the No. 2 post. What is surprising is his definition of the deputy leader’s role, according to the BBC:

The deputy must be “subordinate to and supportive of the leader, (carrying) out whatever duties the leader sees as being essential to securing a fourth term in office”.

“Subordinate to”? What kind of freakin’ pussy-whipped cop-out is that?

I know the Labour Party is now a million miles from being a fraternity of comrades, and eagerly embraces reactionary authoritarianism in all its forms.

But Mr Johnson could at least keep up some pretence that Gordon Brown is not a control-freak convinced he’s more equal than others.