Thursday, 20 January 2011

Alan Johnson stands down.....

Alan Johnson has been reported as standing down from the post of Shadow Chancellor.

Ed Balls to take up the position.

Yvette Cooper to be Shadow Home Secretary and Douglas Alexander to be Shadow Foreign Secretary.

No reasons yet given, but Johnson has been criticised a lot for his lack of economic background.

It occurs to me that this is a great outcome for Ed Miliband. By employing Johnson in this position, he drew a lot of the sting from the Blairites. Now Johnson has gone, Balls is back, and the Blairites are left flat footed.

Can that have been the plan all along? Is Ed Milliband that clever?


  1. I don't think even Ed could have arranged for Johnson's policeman to be shagging his wife... or maybe he could...

  2. Probably not, but it has still worked out well for the Party, IMO.