Someone on Twitter has just asked me if senior Labour politicians are much more in listening mode these days. The answer is, yes, and that’s partly to do with the election defeat and the fact we’re in the mood for self-examination and some serious thinking, and it’s partly because of the leadership contest which means certain people and their cheerleaders are very willing to talk to MPs. But it’s also simply because our former Ministers are physically around a lot more these days.

It took a while for the penny to drop for me. I kept seeing Ed Miliband wandering around PCH, or someone who wants to be a Select Committee chair holding court in the tearoom, and I just assumed they’d emerged from the shadows because they were on the campaign trail. But then it dawned on me. They don’t have Departments to go to any longer. They’re like the rest of us now. So we simply get to see them a lot more. Which is a good thing, but also makes me realise how easy it is for Ministers to get isolated from their parliamentary party in Government. It’s the physical separaration that leads – in some cases, not all – to the political gulf getting wider too.

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  • @richardp1975  On May 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Isolation – Joy Division; Krafty – New Order – are you doing the bristolwestpaul song title / blog title thing?

  • @richardp1975  On May 30, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Just trawled through site and noticed all the other song title blogs – feel like a bit of a div now!

  • kerrymccarthy  On May 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Ahem… I think you will find that Bristolwestpaul copied me!

  • vincent heaney  On May 31, 2010 at 8:53 am

    all the more for you’s to do what you’re doing now with your blog


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