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Saturday, 24 May 2008

James Purnell - the Ides of May



In the above video, James Purnell is selling himself to viewers of France Vingt-Quatre, the French equivalent of the BBC's News 24. He's billed as the possible and likely next Prime Minister of the UK by them, and does his best to live up to it. If you manage to watch all of it, you'll be stiff as a post with utter boredom.

The Guardian today has Purnell at 6/1-on to be the next Labour leader. Although Purnell does his best to scotch the rumours here, you don't really accept an invitation to appear on a major news channel and not expect to get asked this question, the devious little twerp...

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I watched all of it. Do I get a reward?
Yes actually. If this is Labour's best hope??? :-)

Anonymous said...

There is a english translation on YouTube. His comments are very interesting; Purnell didn't make any positive comments about Brown. Just said "He is the Prime Minister".

Anonymous said...

Purnell's not going to make positve comments about Brown because he is an arch-Blairite. He worked as a researcher and then adviser to Blair in the 90s. He also realises that defending Brown too vociferously in the current Labour party climate would be foolish and would probably damage his own chances of becoming leader. Though why you would want to take over the reigns of a party that is destined for a generation in opposition is anyone's guess.

Colin said...

Was he actually there?

Ian Thorpe said...

Purnell has less chance of being the next PM than Andy Abrahams had of winning the Eurovision Song Contest.
And Andy's failure might raise his profile at least

Man in a Shed said...

Purnell happy tpo play along with French anti-Americanism.

His performance is very poor.

Anonymous said...

France 24 is the pan-European channel in ENGLISH.The 24 hours news channels (equivalent to BBC News 24 or Sky News)for France are La Chaine Info (LCI) from TF1 and BFM.