Why you ask? Why should Andy take Labour into the future and not one of the other sterling candidates.
Well for me there's many reasons.
Im yet to decide 100% who im going to vote for, but this is my opinion at the moment....
Andy Burnham talks of 'aspirational socialism'. Now, i know the S word can be taken 2 ways in this situation. Firstly, the new labour lot will see it as an anchor from the bad old days of unelectable labour. Secondly, the real socialist will decry Burnham's involvement in new labourite governance and see it as merely rhetoric.
But, and its a big one, I think there's more to Andy's use of the S word than meets the eye. One of the fundamental things in any "progressive" (current chateratti buzzword) ideology is the need for wholesale change and socialism/social democracy is not exempt for this. We believe that society is flawed and by changing it fundamentally we can create a better place.
Ed Miliband, on the contrary is the flipside of the miliband pound coin. He has the ideas; living wage, women shortlists etc etc but when it comes to oratory he leaves a lot to be desired and i cant help thinking that although both brothers are comp educated, they are far too intellectual for us everyday people.
This brings us to Balls, what can i say, Brown's pugnacious lovechild. I would have rather seen his wife run, but there we are. I cant help but find his motives dubious.
Abbot then, idealist in the true sense, but couldnt communicate her ideas to anyone. in fact, in a radio 4 interview today she was quizzed about private education (hypocrisy galore) and said nothing, literally, for 2 minutes. Not much of a leader.
So back to Burnham, why does he persuade me he can do things all the others cant?
He has the ideas, national care service, decentralisation from London, fundamental reform of the postcode lottery society, re-purchase of council houses. He has the oratory capability, and the rhetoric. He can bring our party out of the new labour era, and in to a new stage of labour politics, where we are no longer about Blair or Brown, or David or Ed, or backroom briefings and spin. But instead about standing up for working class families across the country on the issues that matter to them . He can lead us on a new path, create a labour thats not old or new, but encompasses the best of both.
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This is why I think i'll be voting for Andy.
....But I could still be swayed!