May 24, 2010

UK Labour wrestles with the ghosts of Iraq

Britain's Labour Party is engaged in the search for a new leader, with the Iraq War set to be a decisive issue. Will it destroy any chance for hopeful David Miliband?

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

Defeated but by no means disgraced in this month’s election, Britain’s Labour Party is now engaged in the search for a new leader. In contrast to the rapid coups and counter-coups that we are used to in Australia, this is a drawn-out process that will conclude with a ballot in August-September, weighted one-third each MPs, unions and party members.

With British politics poised at a very interesting point, the future will depend a great deal on how well Labour can get its act together, so it’s clearly worth taking the time to get things right. One can only speculate on how different things might have been if our Liberal Party had gone through a similarly careful process after its 2007 defeat, instead of holding three successive panicky leadership elections, all decided by tiny margins.

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