The affable early Blair years Downing Street advisor turned maverick Labour MP and deputy leadership candidate Jon Cruddas granted me an interview last week after I turned up to leaflet for him. I have since spent 4 hours transcribing half a C90’s worth of tape. He spoke about Dagenham, the BNP, New Labour and suburbia – final one is a research interest of mine. Some of the results are at Labour Home here.

Cruddas sees a convergence between all the major parties in British politics in an erroneous rush to the centre ground when Labour should be more radical. My favourite quote goes like this:

“Cross-dressing is a logical consequence … If Tony Blair was still Labour leader, Nick Clegg had become Liberal leader and Dave Cameron was leader of the Conservative Party it’s almost physiologically they’re all merging into one.”

Come back Ming all is forgiven.

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