Alistair Darling to step down? Perhaps not…

27th December, 2012 10:07 am

The Sun reports this morning that Alistair Darling may step down at the next election, with the paper this morning quoting a “Senior Labour source” saying:

“Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election. But he’s let it be known that he isn’t planning on standing at the next election. It’s a surprise, but it looks like he may already have made his mind up.”

Which sounds odd, as for starters few people who could genuinely be considered a “senior Labour source” would be caught dead speculating about future cabinet positions in a national newspaper two and a half years before an election.

Interestingly, there was a swift response in the Scotsman, with “friends of Mr Darling” denying that the former Chancellor had made any decisions:

“At some point in the next few months, all MPs will be asked by the party if they want to stand again. Alistair has not made any decision at the moment. This sounds like a Christmas party story.”

Quite…

To report anything from the comment section, please e-mail [email protected]
  • AlanGiles

    ““Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election”

    Really?. I wonder what Mr (and Mrs) Balls thinks about that!

  • Michael Green

    That senior Labour source wouldn’t happen to be a friend of Ed Balls would he?

  • milliboot

    Looking at the shadow front bench, its a big “if” !

  • I suspect its more linked to a move to destablise him as head of the No Campaign….

  • I suspect its more linked to a move to destablise him as head of the No Campaign….

  • I suspect its more linked to a move to destablise him as head of the No Campaign….

  • I suspect its more linked to a move to destablise him as head of the No Campaign….

  • telemachus

    Darling is so yeasterday’s man that we must welcome this. I heard him with Ken Clarke debating economic plans for next year and he sounded like a spent Tory.
    Ed “build for growth” Balls has the right message.

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      Ed Balls has a terrible track record from when he was actually in a position to influence British economic policy, from about 2002-2010.

      Now he has another fairytale after his last fairytale resulted in terrible economic damage. “We will borrow lots of money and spend it, because that is what Keynes says we must do”.

      A pity he did not remember the other part of Keynes’ “wisdom” of profligacy in recession, that of saving in the good times. Nor does he ever acknowledge that the percentages of deficit spending that Keynes advocates are about one quarter of what is now advocated by the Mr Balls – itself a mark of how grossly overspent were the “good times”.

      Ed Balls is a liability for Labour, and if Ed Miliband had any sense, he would cut his political throat.

      • JoblessDave

        Mr Balls’ terrible track record also extends to off the record briefings and his part alongside the feted “forces of darkness” has previously been noted.

        He is also, by a uncommon coincidence, part of the “Senior Labour” team

        Just sayin’, is all.

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      Ed Balls has a terrible track record from when he was actually in a position to influence British economic policy, from about 2002-2010.

      Now he has another fairytale after his last fairytale resulted in terrible economic damage. “We will borrow lots of money and spend it, because that is what Keynes says we must do”.

      A pity he did not remember the other part of Keynes’ “wisdom” of profligacy in recession, that of saving in the good times. Nor does he ever acknowledge that the percentages of deficit spending that Keynes advocates are about one quarter of what is now advocated by the Mr Balls – itself a mark of how grossly overspent were the “good times”.

      Ed Balls is a liability for Labour, and if Ed Miliband had any sense, he would cut his political throat.

  • Amber_Star

    Alistair Darling won’t decide anything until after the 2014 referendum so it seems pointless to speculate before then. As to “Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election…” Isn’t that a give-away right there?

    Nobody I know expected him to be Chancellor in an Ed Miliband cabinet; the ‘cuts worse than Thatcher’ interview rather put the lid on that, did it not?

  • Amber_Star

    Alistair Darling won’t decide anything until after the 2014 referendum so it seems pointless to speculate before then. As to “Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election…” Isn’t that a give-away right there?

    Nobody I know expected him to be Chancellor in an Ed Miliband cabinet; the ‘cuts worse than Thatcher’ interview rather put the lid on that, did it not?

  • Amber_Star

    Alistair Darling won’t decide anything until after the 2014 referendum so it seems pointless to speculate before then. As to “Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election…” Isn’t that a give-away right there?

    Nobody I know expected him to be Chancellor in an Ed Miliband cabinet; the ‘cuts worse than Thatcher’ interview rather put the lid on that, did it not?

  • Amber_Star

    Alistair Darling won’t decide anything until after the 2014 referendum so it seems pointless to speculate before then. As to “Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election…” Isn’t that a give-away right there?

    Nobody I know expected him to be Chancellor in an Ed Miliband cabinet; the ‘cuts worse than Thatcher’ interview rather put the lid on that, did it not?

  • Amber_Star

    Alistair Darling won’t decide anything until after the 2014 referendum so it seems pointless to speculate before then. As to “Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election…” Isn’t that a give-away right there?

    Nobody I know expected him to be Chancellor in an Ed Miliband cabinet; the ‘cuts worse than Thatcher’ interview rather put the lid on that, did it not?

  • Amber_Star

    Alistair Darling won’t decide anything until after the 2014 referendum so it seems pointless to speculate before then. As to “Everyone expected Alistair to become Chancellor again if we win the next election…” Isn’t that a give-away right there?

    Nobody I know expected him to be Chancellor in an Ed Miliband cabinet; the ‘cuts worse than Thatcher’ interview rather put the lid on that, did it not?

    • JoeDM

      But it is that sort of realism that Labour must listen to.

      Balls is living in an economic cloud-cuckoo land.

  • JoeDM

    He is one of the few Labour politicians to have a realistic view of the current economic problems.

  • llanystumdwy

    One of the very few associated with new Labour worthy of any respect.

  • franwhi

    The Scotsman trying to destabilise the NO campaign ! LOL The Scotsman newspaper is the No campaign.

Latest

  • Comment Featured Stagnant wages and the scourge of child poverty show Britain’s economic model is bust – Lilian Greenwood’s report from Labour for the Common Good

    Stagnant wages and the scourge of child poverty show Britain’s economic model is bust – Lilian Greenwood’s report from Labour for the Common Good

    British wages have been stagnant for over a decade. The share of wealth owned by labour, as opposed to capital, is in long-term decline. Median household income peaked somewhere around 2003. The five richest families in this country now own more wealth than the poorest twelve million. The typical earnings of millenials are around £2,800 a year lower than the generation before them at a similar stage of their lives. Nearly 4 million children are growing up in poverty. Last […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Tories open up 16 point poll lead over divided Labour

    Tories open up 16 point poll lead over divided Labour

    Labour is trailing the Conservatives by 16 percentage points according to a new ICM poll. The party is polling at 27 per cent of the vote, compared with the Conservatives at 43 per cent. The poll, coming less than two weeks into Theresa May’s premiership, has increased speculation of the Government calling an early general election in order to give May a mandate from the public. The figures are the lowest since 2009 – in the peak of the financial […]

    Read more →
  • Comment 500 Labour councillors: Why we are backing Owen Smith to continue the fight against austerity

    500 Labour councillors: Why we are backing Owen Smith to continue the fight against austerity

    In a month’s time, we will be casting our votes for Owen Smith as Leader because we believe this is the only path forward to a Labour Government and putting a stop to the immense damage the Tories are doing to our communities and our nation. We have closely watched the debate in our Party in recent weeks and are deeply impressed with how Owen has done. He has driven home the message that the fight Labour must lead is […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Corbyn and Smith will kick-off debates with first hustings in Wales

    Corbyn and Smith will kick-off debates with first hustings in Wales

    Members will see Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith go up against each other in the first leadership hustings on Thursday 4 August. Iain McNicol, Labour general-secretary, confirmed Corbyn and Smith will be grilled on their policy positions at the evening event. Members can submit questions to be discussed in front of an audience in Cardiff. The event is the first of a series debates between the contenders, each of which will be streamed online for members to watch. There will also be events […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Labour donor due in court in bid to kick Corbyn off the ballot paper

    Labour donor due in court in bid to kick Corbyn off the ballot paper

    Jeremy Corbyn could call for the Labour leadership contest to be put on hold if he loses a crucial court case today and is kicked off the ballot paper. The party’s decision to allow Corbyn a place in the vote without requiring a fresh round of MP nominations is due to be challenged in the High Court this morning. Labour donor Michael Foster believes the party has “misapplied” the rules over whether a sitting leader is automatically included on the ballot […]

    Read more →
x

LabourList Daily Email

Everything Labour. Every weekday morning

Share with your friends










Submit