Sunday, March 26, 2006

Peter Prescott

THE BBC's Politics Show has just reported some trade unions and Labour figures have approached Welsh and Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain to see where his ambitions lie in a post-Blair government.

The policies he passes in Northern Ireland have more in common with Rhodri Morgan's government in Cardiff Bay than Tony Blair's in Westminster - banning the 11-plus, for example.

Perhaps he would like to perform a John Prescott-type role - the Politics Show said - speaking up for the party at large?

Some might see traces of that in Mr Hain's pronouncements that Labour needed to renew its links with the grassroots and trade union movement, made at the Welsh Labour conference in Swansea last week.

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