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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Stepping outside the boundaries

The man who was so insistent that the forthcoming Assembly elections should be fought on Welsh issues and who announced that he had no opinion on the Iraq war because it fell outside his area of responsibility, has intervened once more in a UK matter.

According to the Western Mail website Rhodri Morgan has warned off any Cabinet heavyweights who might be considering a challenge to Gordon Brown for the Labour leadership:

Mr Morgan told the ePolitix.com website, "The thing that has worried me all along was if there was going to be a heavyweight, knock-down, dragged-out, 15 round fight between a so-called 'uber-Blairite' and Gordon Brown.

"Then the attention of Labour Party members, newspapers and commentators would be entirely on whether it was this uber-Blairite, anti-Brown candidate or Gordon Brown.

"It wouldn't matter if that was before, during or after the election, it is all people would be talking about. It would give the impression of Labour as a house divided against itself and that would be bad for us."

Of course the fact that such division might distract from his own re-election campaign never crossed his mind.
Rhodri's point was that he didn't have a vote over the decision to go to war in Iraq.

As a Labour Party member, he does have a vote in the forthcoming leadership contest.

Pretty straightforward stuff, really.
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