Still battle is joined for the title ‘Dumbest MP in the West’.
Bristol South’s Labour MP Dawn Primarolo, now a government health minister, was at last week’s Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth again showing off the impeccable left wing principles that got her selected to the post in the first place.
During a very busy schedule Dawn, in her new health role, found time to discuss the growing problem of obesity at an event sponsored by none other than, er . . . Nestlé! The company that manufacture such obesity beating products as Kit Kat, Smarties, Aero and Milky Bar.
The company is also at the forefront of efforts to derail the “traffic light” food labeling system promoted by the FSA and has opposed efforts to limit junk food advertising aimed at kids.
Dawn also found the time to address another meeting, this time sponsored by Boots. The subject? Getting high street chemists to deliver NHS services!
Meanwhile Dawn’s colleague Dan Norris was also in Bournemouth. The Labour MP for Wansdyke kept a lower profile than Dawn but still managed to publicly gush unconditional praise upon their new foreign secretary:
“I thought David Miliband’s speech was a particular highlight because he showed the combination of ability, wisdom and common sense that the party is about.”
Unfortunately for Dan his announcement came just hours before the elder of “the brilliant Miliband brothers” was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight and simply couldn’t answer the straightforward questions put to him about the unfolding events in Burma.
Miliband was left mumbling something about the issues being a matter for Douglas Alexander at the department for International Development for most of the interview. Hardly an auspicious start to this “Second wave of New Labour foreign policy” then.
Which is actually a third wave anyway if you consider Robin Cook’s original efforts at an “ethical foreign policy”; then Blair’s liberal interventionism (chief policy adviser at the time one David Miliband I believe) and now this Brown/Miliband policy of carefully calibrated warm words for electoral purposes.
Whatever. It looks like Miliband is shaping up nicely to be the weakest foreign secretary since, um . . . Margaret Beckett!