Jon Cruddas had a fascinating interview with the Compass Youth blog yesterday. Seeing as we were one of Cruddas first backers in the blogosphere, we can only be slightly disappointed we didn’t get the exclusive, but we won’t let out heads drop. We are, after all, a little bit tabloidesque for Jon.
Anyhow, the interview is well worth reading for a range of reasons. For a start, Cruddas gives an insight into his time in Downing Street, describing how he opposed the age rates on the National Minimum Wage. He coyly says, “It is just wrong to have different rates for people doing the same job – I had thought we settled that debate within the movement decades ago, but apparently not.” It is rare to get a first person insight in to the debates that happen at the top of government, and that would have been interesting even without the deputy leadership in play.
On Iraq, something The Daily team pretty much thought we disagreed with Cruddas over, we were
delighted relieved to see him say, “The government needs to admit openly the mistakes it made, and apologise. Looking forward, there can be no question of supporting Bush in any similar interventions.”
More generally, we are interested in the concept of a different kind of campaign, not based in Westminster and the media, nor organised around a personality with a top-down structure, but attempting to galvanise a wider network from the bottom up. This is a contrast to the Americanised, consumerist approach that some would have us adopt.
Overall, it is an interesting interview, which clarifies and expands on issues he has previously raised. We’re obviously biased (see logo in top right corner) but this chat with Compass Youth makes The Daily more comfortable in its endorsement than ever before.