A Shadow Chancellor from Outside the Shadow Cabinet?
Ed Miliband wanted his brother David to be shadow chancellor, rather than Ed Balls, when Alan Johnson stood down. So The Sun reported yesterday and it has not been denied. I can imagine why David was not keen: having to take orders from his brother, with whose politics he disagrees, while fending off the continuing Ed Balls psych-out.
No one has yet mentioned one other issue: David Miliband is not a member of Labour’s elected shadow cabinet, from whose ranks the leader is supposed to draw his team.
There are precedents for the leader making appointments from outside the shadow cabinet. Neil Kinnock appointed Martin O’Neill as shadow defence secretary in June 1988 after the resignation of the impulsive Denzil Davies, although O’Neill had not been elected.
It would have been quite fun to appoint a position as important as shadow chancellor. Almost worth David’s accepting, just to discredit the stupid idea of shadow cabinet elections.
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